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Police investigate woman’s apparently violent death in Browne’s Addition

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 8, 2020

Spokane police cordoned off several blocks of Browne’s Addition on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, following reports of a woman found dead in a vehicle. Detectives later arrested 36-year-old Nathan A. Beal on suspicion of second-degree murder.  (Ted McDermott / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane police cordoned off several blocks of Browne’s Addition on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, following reports of a woman found dead in a vehicle. Detectives later arrested 36-year-old Nathan A. Beal on suspicion of second-degree murder. (Ted McDermott / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane police are investigating a woman’s apparently violent death in Browne’s Addition Saturday afternoon.

John O’Brien, a Spokane Police Department spokesman, said medics received a call that a woman was slumped over in her car near the intersection of Elm Street and West Second Avenue. When they arrived, they determined she was deceased from what appeared to be an act of violence, O’Brien said.

Neighbors said they heard a loud bang that they believed was a gunshot shortly before the woman was discovered.

Witnesses said they heard police yell, “Hands up,” before bringing a man in custody out of a nearby apartment building.

O’Brien did not describe the man’s relationship to the woman or say whether he lived in the building.

O’Brien referred to him as a person of interest, not a suspect, in the unfolding case.

The car in which the deceased woman was found was a white sedan with Illinois license plates.

This story is developing.

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