Intruder Kills South Hill Spokane Man

By Paige Browning

A fatal shooting in a south hill Spokane home Sunday has police frustrated and with little information. But detectives already believe the shooting was not random.
 
911 got a call Sunday just after 7:00 p.m. from a woman who said an intruder had shot her husband. She described the intruder as a white male in all black clothes, and said she ran upstairs when he entered. 25 police and a K-9 unit immediately searched the neighborhood of Garfield and 25th Avenue, but have found no suspect. The victim was declared dead at the home, and will be identified by the Spokane County medical examiner.
 
Investigative Captain Joe Walker says SPD usually arrests homicide suspects quickly, but he can tell this case will take a while. Standing outside the home of the incident, Walker said he believes the shooter targeted the victim.
 
Walker: “You know other than nuisance calls occasionally, or speeders driving through, this area has been very quiet for years, so that’s why we want people to know that there’s a very good indication that the victim was targeted.”
 
SPD wants neighbors to turn over surveillance footage or tips about suspicious activity from Sunday night. The number for Crime check is: 509-456-2233. Police don’t plan to release more information soon.
 
Spokane Public Schools says nearby Hutton Elementary was on a modified lockdown Monday to keep students out of the way of investigators.
 
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