Murder suspect Jeremy Arnold shot and killed by SPD officers



Posted on April 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 4:06 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A murder suspect was shot and killed by authorities Tuesday afternoon near Standard and Jackson. Officers were already in the neighborhood investigating the murder of a woman when the suspect, Jeremy Arnold, burst through a police barricade.

Police had closed off the area earlier in the day when a body was found inside a home. On Wednesday, the Spokane County Medical Examiner said Tracy Fergerstrom, 46, died from multiple stab wounds. Fergerstrom's family said she dated Arnold and babysat his child.

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said Arnold got out of a vehicle with what appeared to be a gun and was shot by officers according to Straub. Witnesses also said he had what appeared to be a gun. However, one witness believed the gun was fake.

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A KREM 2 News crew was in the area and heard several shots fired. The crew caught the commotion of a close friend of Arnold right after the shots were fired. He tried to leave the scene after he witnessed his friend get shot.

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Officers said they took lifesaving measures on the scene after they shot the murder suspect. Jeremy Arnold was on Horseshoe Lake in Pend Oreille County less than a week before he was killed. He was painted as a hero by his girlfriend (not the same woman found dead in N. Spokane Tuesday) after he rescued her and a child.

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Arnold also had an unusual past according to KREM 2 News records. His name came up several times during a search of KREM records. 

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The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) would investigate the officer-involved shooting. The SIRR Team is comprised of the Washington State Patrol, the Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Department and other member agencies. The lead investigative agency would be the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.