SPOKANE, Wash.--A glance at KREM 2 News’ archive showed that Tuesday’s murder suspect who was shot and killed by police had an unusual past.
KREM 2 News found the suspect’s name making it into newscasts four different times in nine years. Although KREM 2 News knows the identity of the suspect, it was decided not to name him until his family was notified of his death.
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The suspect was in jail in 2005 waiting for his sentencing on eleven felonies when he got a weeklong furlough to get married. He failed to return to the jail when the furlough was over.
Another time, detectives said the suspect was sleeping in a driveway in his car. Police said they showed up to check on him, thought he was armed, and almost shot him.
The suspect and his wife were swimming in the Spokane River in July of 2013. They bet each other that they could swim across the river. Shortly after jumping in the water, the suspect said he watched his wife go under. Kayakers pulled her out of the water but she died days later.
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On Thursday night, the suspect called 911 to help Air One and the Pend Oreille Sheriff’s rescue team find a woman and two-year-old girl stranded off of Horseshoe Lake. They were rescued early Friday morning.
The suspect’s criminal past included assault, robbery, conspiracy, intimidating a witness and riot with a deadly weapon.