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Downtown shooting suspect tracked down, arrested in Priest River

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Trey S. Galloway, 19, is the suspect in a Tuesday afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. Two victims were shot in an apartment room Galloway reportedly visited at the time of the shooting. (Facebook)
Trey S. Galloway, 19, is the suspect in a Tuesday afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. Two victims were shot in an apartment room Galloway reportedly visited at the time of the shooting. (Facebook)
By Chad Sokol and Jared Brown The Spokesman-Review

A 19-year-old man accused of shooting two people in a downtown Spokane apartment on Tuesday has been arrested in Priest River, Idaho.

Trey S. Galloway, 19, was booked into jail in Idaho early Wednesday morning.

Spokane police detectives responding to the shooting on the 500 block of South Division Street found two male victims in a small living room, according to court documents. One of the victims, age 19, was unconscious. The other victim, age 20, told a detective a lone white male had shot them. Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center staff later said each victim had been shot twice in the back.

Police recovered one bullet casing and a knife next to the victims on the floor, in addition to at least one other shell casing, according to court documents. Surveillance video outside the apartment building appeared to show a man get out of the passenger side of a car and meet a second man up the stairs near the front door of the building. Soon after, the first man could be seen jogging back to the passenger side of the car.

The 20-year-old victim told a detective he had gone to the apartment to visit his friend, the 19-year-old victim, according to court documents. Once he arrived the 19-year-old said another man, Galloway, was coming over and showed the 20-year-old his Facebook profile. Upon seeing the Facebook profile again, the 20-year-old confirmed Galloway was the person who shot him.

The identification of Galloway led police to the home of his girlfriend on the 1600 block of West Mission Avenue, where Galloway was staying, according to court documents. The couple informed the girlfriend’s mother they were taking a spontaneous trip to Priest River to see a family member when the mother arrived home at about 5:20 p.m., an hour after the reported shooting.

The body style of the vehicle Galloway and his girlfriend reportedly left the home in – a bronze Chrysler 200 – was consistent with images of the vehicle seen leaving the shooting scene, court documents say. The mother of the girlfriend told police the couple had left at about 6 p.m., and she gave investigators the address of where they were going.

U.S. Marshals and Spokane police responded to the home and arrested Galloway with assistance from Priest River police and Bonner County sheriff’s deputies, according to court documents and a Spokane police news release.

The girlfriend told police she drove the Chrysler 200 to the downtown apartment. Galloway had told her he wanted to go see a friend there, according to court documents.

After going into the apartment building, the girlfriend said she heard two to three gunshots, and that Galloway came jogging out of the building before she could go inside to check on him, according to court documents. Galloway then told her they needed to leave and she drove to her mother’s house.

The girlfriend told police she did not know Galloway shot anyone and said he didn’t mention what happened when he returned to the car, court documents say. She said she did not see him with a gun.

Galloway was booked into Bonner County Jail on two warrants for first-degree assault, according to court documents. He declined to talk to police.

Police recovered $620 in $20 bills in Galloway’s wallet at the Priest River residence but did not find a gun, court documents say. Investigators found a 9mm handgun at Galloway’s Spokane residence that shoots bullets matching the cartridge diameter of the casings collected at the shooting scene, but have not determined if it was the gun used.

Spokane County prosecutors will seek to extradite Galloway to Spokane for trial. He has no criminal record in Spokane, according to court records.

The 20-year-old shooting victim remains in serious condition at Sacred Heart. The 19-year-old victim, who police said was in the intensive care unit in court documents, was not listed as a patient at Sacred Heart under the name provided in court documents.

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