Documents give details into what led up to West Central shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. – Court documents reveal more information about a shooting in the West Central neighborhood that injured one on Tuesday.

Documents state Miranda Vasquez called 911 to report that an unknown male had been shot and was lying in the front yard of a home near West Sharpe and North Chestnut Street.

The victim was later identified as 26-year-old Michael L. Summa.

When police officials responded to the scene, they found Summa lying face down in the front yard. Vasquez was kneeling next to him and talking to him.

Police officials said they saw what appeared to be a bullet wound in the back of his head and blood was coming from his injury. There was also a bullet hole in the lower left side of his back. Police said there did not appear to be any exit wounds.

Court documents state a detective attempted to talk to Summa, but he was unable to answer any questions. He did not say who shot him or why he had been shot. Paramedics then arrived on scene and Summa was transported to the hospital.

According to documents, Vasquez said Kenneth L. Betts is the person who currently lives in the residence. Vasquez said she was sleeping in the house when she heard gunshots. She said she saw the victim lying face down in the front yard, but had never seen him before.

Documents state responding officers and detectives cleared the home to ensure there were no other victims inside. Numerous people were located inside the home and in the detached garage behind the residence.
While clearing the residence, a sergeant noticed an unspent bullet lying on the ground near the door. According to documents, there was also blood on the floor and on the stairs, which makes it apparent the shooting had occurred inside the residence.

Detectives interviewed Betts who confirmed he lives at the residence, which belongs to his family. He said he is soon moving.

Betts told detectives he heard a knock at the front door. He said he went to the back door and contacted “Mexican Rick.” Betts claimed “Mexican Rick” had shown up that morning to possibly buy some electronic equipment and was with another male who identified himself as Michael Summa. Betts told detectives he had never met Summa before. He also said the males were each carrying black backpacks and coats.

According to documents, Betts said he invited “Mexican Rick” and Summa into his residence and then closed the door. Documents state the two men briefly looked at stereo equipment in the dining, then went to a bedroom to smoke cigarettes and discuss how much he was going to get for the items.

Documents state that shortly after the men entered the bedroom, three or four Native American males suddenly walked into the bedroom. Betts told detectives he had never seen any of these men before and had not heard them walk into the house.

One of the men walked up to “Mexican Rick” and began assaulting him as a second man began punching Summa. Betts said he stood up, but a third male shoved him back onto the bed. Betts said he believed a fourth suspect stood at the doorway to the bedroom and watched.

According to documents, Betts did not see the first two suspects with anything in their hands. Betts said he heard what he believed to be a gunshot and everyone ran form the bedroom.

Betts said the four suspects fled from the house. He said “Mexican Rick” also left.

Betts did believe that the shooting had occurred inside his residence. According to documents, detectives asked him if there should be any guns or ammunition in his home. Betts said that a friend asked him to hold one or two boxes of .38 caliber ammunition for him for an unknown reason. According to documents, this was currently in a bag in his dresser in the closet of his bedroom.

Officials do not currently have a suspect in custody, but believe there is no threat to the public. 

(© 2016 KREM)


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