DNA samples needed in investigation in West Spokane shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Police Department has more information on the investigation and fatal shooting of a man at the 1000 block of S. Westcliff Place at the Canyon Greens apartment complex just before 2 p.m. on June 5.

Court Documents from the incident identify the shooter as Tyler H. Clark, 24, and the deceased as Emmitt D. Palmer, 23.  Officers said Clark was booked for second degree murder.   

Officers said Clark’s sister and her friend called about the incident.  Officers then reported to the scene at the Canyon Greens apartment complex.

According to the court documents, the sister and her boyfriend got into an argument on June 5.  She left the apartment to go to work and called her brother to gather her belongings.  While on the phone, the sister said she heard what sounded like a scuffle and gunshots. 

According to the court documents, a search warrant was obtained to search the crime scene.  During the search, a Glock model 19 pistol was found in plain view, where Clark said it would be located.

The sister contacted police again on June 13 to report that a male, who visited Clark at Spokane County Jail, had received a confession from Clark.

According to the court documents, Clark admitted to a physical fight before using the gun. He also said Palmer had him in a leg lock.  The sister was told that Clark grabbed the gun and pointed it at Palmer’s shoulder.  Palmer then attempted to grab the gun.  As they both pulled on the gun, the gun fired and shot Palmer in the head.  

According to court documents, reference DNA samples are required by the Washington State Patrol crime lab in order to process items for DNA.

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