Sunday, September 4, 2011

Police Suspect Deadly Infatuation Led To Murder/Suicide

"SPOKANE, WA — A 20-year-old Spokane woman is dead and police say her suspected murderer shot himself in an apparent murder-suicide at a North Spokane apartment complex.

"The Spokane County Sheriff's Office was called to the 200 block of Westview Avenue and Colfax Street around 9 p.m. Saturday night. When they arrived they found the woman dead in the living room of her apartment. Detectives say she was shot multiple times. The victim has not been identified.

"Witnesses helped Sheriff's Deputies quickly located a suspect, a 26-year-old man, who barricaded himself inside his apartment. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded and negotiators tried for hours to get him to come out. When police finally obtained a search warrant around 4:15 a.m. and SWAT entered his apartment it appeared he had shot himself. They also found multiple weapons inside.

"During the hours leading up to entering the 26-year-old man's apartment, detectives say negotiators were never able to make contact with the suspect.

"Police speculate the suspect may have been infatuated with the 20-year-old, who lived to the east of him in a fourplex apartment. That is still under investigation.

"Detectives are expected to still be out at the apartment Sunday afternoon."


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