Major Crimes Detectives Arrest Stabbing Suspect
Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives arrested a stabbing suspect after an early morning dispute turned violent. The victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, but they did not appear to be life-threatening.
On August 5, 2020, at approximately 6:15 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a person who had been stabbed at an apartment complex located in the 12400 block of E. Riverside Ave. in Spokane Valley.
Deputies arrived and contacted the adult stabbing victim lying on the ground, just outside of an apartment. He said the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Harley L. Shaw, stabbed him and ran back into his (Shaw) apartment.
As Sergeant Whapeles and Deputy Sullivan approached Shaw’s open door, an adult female ran toward them, yelling her toddler was still inside the apartment sleeping. Fearing for the young child’s safety and not knowing what the suspect may do, they entered to remove the sleeping child to ensure his safety.
Shaw was believed to be in the shower during the rescue of the child. Afterward, Deputies remained outside the open door of the apartment and announced their presents. They gave Shaw commands to exit with his hands up, complied with additional commands and was taken into custody without incident.
Major Crimes Detectives and Spokane County Sheriff’s Forensic Technicians were called to the scene to continue the investigation and collect evidence.
The victim was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be severe but not life-threatening injuries.
Shaw was provided medical treatment before being transported to the Public Safety Building. Deputy Bonney developed probable cause to charged Shaw with Assault 1st Degree and Burglary 1st Degree, and following an interview, he was booked into the Spokane County Jail on those charges.