The man arrested in connection with a shooting in Browne’s Addition that left one man dead and another injured told police the man he killed had abused him , according to court documents.
Frankie Lewis Kimble Jr. 34, was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree murder, assault and possession of a stolen firearm.
Police received reports of shots fired on the 2400 block of West Pacific Avenue at about 12:15 a.m. Monday. When officers arrived, they found Carlos Smith, 50, lying dead in the street.
Smith’s cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and the manner was homicide, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Not long after, police found a second victim, Travis Young, who had also been shot, according to court documents. Young, Smith’s son, was taken to a local hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, police said.
Kimble traveled to Spokane with Smith and Young from Greenville, Mississippi, last week, according to court records. Kimble told police Smith and Young had been family friends he had known for most of his life. Young told police they came to Spokane to visit his girlfriend, and that Kimble was involved in drugs, according to court records.
Young told police that on Monday night they were hanging out in their rental car. Young said he fell asleep in the back seat with Smith driving the car and Kimble in the passenger seat.
At some point, Young awoke to Smith and Kimble arguing, according to court documents. Young then saw Kimble pull out a chrome-colored handgun and point it at Smith, documents say.
Young told police he reached his hand between the two front seats and said, “please don’t shoot my dad” before the gun went off, going through Young’s wrist and into Smith, according to court records.
After that, Young told police he heard the gun go off three or four more times before Young got out of the car and ran away. Once Young was away from the scene, he called 911, according to documents.
Multiple witnesses told police they were awakened by gunshots and looked out their windows to see a man walk around the side of a white car and pull someone out of the driver’s seat before driving off, according to court records.
Not long after locating the victims, police discovered the white four-door sedan had been abandoned at Second Avenue and Sunset Highway.
Police then used a K-9 and followed footprints from the abandoned car across the Maple Street Bridge to a garage at 1712 W. College Ave.
There were footprints leading into the area but none leaving, according to court records. There, Kimble surrendered to the SWAT team without incident.
Police discovered a silver handgun hidden under pine needles in the area that was later found to have been stolen in Mississippi, according to court records.
After his arrest, Kimble told police a similar story to Young’s, records say, stating Young was asleep in the back seat of the car with Smith driving when Smith and Kimble got into an argument.
Kimble told police that Smith asked Kimble not to kill him but also said that he was a “dead man anyway” because he had been a police informant in Mississippi. That’s when Kimble told police he emptied the gun into Smith, according to court records.
Kimble told police Smith had been sexually abusing him since he was a child and that was a reason he wanted to kill Smith, according to court records. Kimble also told police that Smith was a “snitch” and had been involved in the murder of several of Kimble’s relatives.
Kimble has prior felony convictions, including armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Kimble is being held in the Spokane County Jail on $1 million bail.
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