Shooting Leaves Adult Male Victim Hospitalized, but Alive
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a shooting in West Spokane County. The adult male victim is hospitalized with what is believed to be a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. An adult female suspect was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 1st Degree and Robbery 1st Degree.
On September 24, 2021, at approximately 7:30 am, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a shooting at Hwy. 2 and S. Stroup Road. The suspects fled the location in an older Dodge Caravan.
Arriving Deputies contacted an adult male victim with a wound to his chest and an adult female. Deputies provided medical assistance until Spokane County Fire and AMR personnel arrived and transported the victim to the hospital. Later, after further evaluation, his wound was categorized as non-life-threatening.
Due to the serious nature of the incident and the potential of what was thought to be a life-threatening wound, Major Crimes Detectives and Spokane County Sheriff’s Forensic Unit Technicians responded to continue the investigation, collect evidence, and document the scene.
Initial information gained through the investigation indicates the victim and the adult female were getting a ride from Spokane toward Reardan on Hwy 2. The van pulled onto S. Stroup Road and stopped after driving a short distance. The female suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Katey Kaczar, demanded valuables from the victim and female witness. This quickly escalated, and Kaczar shot the victim. The suspect fled the scene in the Caravan, leaving the wounded victim and female on the side of the road.
A description of the Caravan was broadcast to all locale law enforcement agencies. A short time later, an Airway Heights Police Officer located the occupied suspect vehicle on Hayford Road. All of the occupants were safely detained, and the Caravan was seized for evidence.
Kaczar was identified as the suspect and arrested. The remaining occupants were not charged and released.
Kaczar was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 1st Degree and Robbery 1st Degree.
This remains an active investigation, and additional charges or arrests are possible.