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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Spokane Valley police arrest 1, seek 2 suspected of assaulting man buying heroin from them

Spokane Valley detectives arrested one man and are looking for two more who are suspected of assaulting a man trying to buy heroin from them on Christmas.

Spokane Valley sheriff’s deputies received reports just before 10 p.m. of a bloody man and gunshots on the 900 block of North Calvin Road.

A trail of blood led to the home, where the owner was yelling for deputies to remove the victim. Inside, deputies found a 27-year-old man on the floor in blood-soaked jeans and with blood on his face, according to Spokane Valley police. The victim showed signs of shock as deputies attempted to stop the bleeding, and he was taken to the hospital.

Detectives at the scene recovered the victim’s iPhone, a pouch containing over $2,400 and prescription pills, according to the sheriff’s department.

The victim initially told deputies he was trying buy an iPhone when he was attacked. But when detectives interviewed the victim at the hospital, he admitted he was trying to buy heroin, the sheriff’s department said.

The victim told deputies he had a .357 revolver tucked into his waistband. When he got in the car, he said, a suspect grabbed the gun and hit him in the head with it, according to the sheriff’s department.

A struggle ensued, the pistol fired and the victim was stabbed by one of the attackers, the sheriff’s department said. The victim told deputies he got away on foot and thathe heard gunshots as he ran away.

The victim was released from the hospital and became uncooperative, reportedly telling deputies he didn’t want to press charges.

Detectives identified Nicholas J. Foss, 38, Justin D. Rounds, 27, and Kody M. Scott, 26, as the suspects in the assault.

Scott was arrested Thursday morning and has been booked into Spokane County Jail on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and two counts of kidnapping.

Foss and Rounds are wanted for attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery and assault. Both men have open criminal cases.

Anyone with information on the men or their whereabouts can call (800) 222-TIPS. Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a reward.