Major Crimes Detective Investigating N. Spokane County Shooting
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a shooting that left one man hospitalized with a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound.
On January 20, 2022, at approximately 4:40 pm., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 12000 block of E. Blanchard Road in Elk for what was initially reported as a possible auto/pedestrian hit and run accident. The caller stated an adult male was lying in the roadway, and the male appeared to have been struck by a vehicle that had already left the scene.
Deputies and Spokane County Fire and medical personnel arrived at the scene and provided medical treatment. They found the male had been shot in the abdomen, a potentially life-threatening wound. He was quickly transported to a hospital for advanced care and was last known to be listed in stable condition.
Due to the seriousness of the incident, Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to conduct the investigation.
The initial information indicates the shooting began as an argument between a vehicle occupied by four adults and a second vehicle occupied by the victim. As the group argued about a passing incident that occurred minutes before, the argument escalated, and the male was shot.
After the shot was fired, the four males left the scene, leaving the victim lying in the roadway.
Detectives have tentatively identified the four males involved and are working to determine what led to this violent encounter and why it occurred. At this time, no arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.
There is no known threat to the general public stemming from this incident.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information that could assist Investigators is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.