14 shell casings collected from deadly N. Spokane shooting scene


by KREM.com


Posted on March 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 5:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Investigators collected 14 shell casings from a home where Spokane Police Department officers fatally shot and killed an armed robbery suspect.

Officers fatally shot an armed robbery suspect outside of the home Wednesday night.

Charity Burland lives in the home near Maple and Grace home described the man who was shot as a dear friend. 

"He was a good guy," Burland said. "He'd do anything. If we were out of food, he'd feed us."

On Thursday, she also showed KREM 2 News the damage. 

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Bullets hit a TV, walls, the siding on the house, and shattered a glass door. The people who live at the home said they received paperwork that indicates 14 shell casings were found on the property. The paperwork stated that investigators found .223 shell casings and .45 shell casings.

Burland said she was at detective headquarters when the fatal shots were fired. She claimed detectives told her they believed the suspect used her car to commit several robberies in the area.

"When he told me what the cops were looking for my car for, he knew. He told me he wasn't going back to prison," she added.

Burland further told KREM 2 News she believes her friend wanted to die. Here is a portion of her interview with KREM 2’s Hayley Guenthner:

Guenthner: "Do you think he came out with that gun in his hand because he wanted to   die."

Burland: "Yeah."

Guenthner: "Do you think that meant he intended on committing suicide by cop?"

Burland: "Yeah, yeah."
Burland claimed the gun the suspect had was fake. She added that he never wanted to hurt anyone but himself.

"He wasn't all there. He wanted to be liked. He wanted to be loved," she added.