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Wednesday, February 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Man shoots family member at South Hill home

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

A man suffered life-threatening injuries Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 when he was shot in a home at 4120 E. 38th Ave. (Jared Brown / The Spokesman-Review)
A man suffered life-threatening injuries Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 when he was shot in a home at 4120 E. 38th Ave. (Jared Brown / The Spokesman-Review)

A man suffered life-threatening injuries Friday afternoon when he was shot in a home in southeast Spokane.

Police were called to 4120 E. 38th Ave. just before 5 p.m. on a report of a shooting, said Spokane police Sgt. Teresa Fuller.

Two men who are members of the same family had gotten into a physical fight, Fuller said. One of the men then shot the other.

The shooter, George Ellis, 39, was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on a count of first-degree assault related to domestic violence. Ellis was the person who called 911 after the shooting.

The victim, who was not named by police, remained in critical condition at a local hospital, police said in a news release.

The two men live in the home and were the only people inside at the time of the shooting. Property records say the residence is owned by George and Martina Ellis.

Sean Porter, a neighbor who has lived in his home for about a year a half, said he would go months without seeing the two men who lived in the home. They generally emerged to shovel their snow but did not spend much time outside, Porter said.

Porter said he arrived home before police arrived and then noticed a patrol car sitting outside his home. When he went outside, an officer had a man in handcuffs. He said he also saw medical personnel load a person into an ambulance that remained parked for a few minutes before leaving.

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