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Charges dropped in Downtown Spokane shooting

After interviewing a victim in the shooting, police said learned new information that led prosecutors to drop the charges.
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Charges against a suspect in the shooting near Sacred Heart Hospital were dropped Friday night, according to Spokane police.

The suspect was originally arrested on two counts of first degree assault in connection to the shooting. According to a press release from Spokane Police Officer John O'Brien, Major Crimes Detetcives were able to interview one of the shooting victims where new information was received. 

O'Brien said detectives contacted the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office and they submitted paperwork to drop the charges against the suspect. He said the investigation is ongoing and charges could be filed at a later date. 

He is set to be released from the Spokane County Jail on his own recognizance. 

The suspect made his first appearance in Spokane County District Court on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Spokane County Jail Roster, the suspect was booked at 8:44 p.m. on Wednesday night after being arrested in North Idaho.

His bond was originally set at $500,000.

The Spokane Police Department's Patrol Anti-Crime Team, Special Investigative Unit and K-9 Unit found Galloway and a vehicle in Priest River, Idaho, with the help of the Priest River Police Department, Bonner County Sheriff's Office and United States Marshals Service. 

The suspect was taken into custody at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday as he exited the house, police said.

Police said the suspect was booked into the Bonner County Jail on a fugitive charge and will be extradited back to Spokane, where he will be charged with two counts of first-degree assault.

A search of the Idaho location did not recover evidence, police said. A suspect vehicle was seized pending a search warrant and a second search warrant was sought for a Spokane residence in the 1600 block of E. Mission Avenue.

According to court documents, detectives found a 9 mm handgun at the location on Mission, however they were not sure if it was used in the shooting.  

O’Brien said 911 received a call around 4:20 p.m.on Tuesday from someone saying they had been shot at in an apartment near South Division and East 6th Street.

When officers arrived, they found two people inside the apartment with injuries. According to court documents, one victim was shot twice in the back/clavical area and the other was shot twice in the back.  

Through the investigation, documents said detectives learned the suspect was at a home with his girlfriend in Preist River, Idaho. U.S. Marshals responded to the area to make the arrest. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and reference incident #2020-20020954.

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Credit: KREM
Location of the shooting near Sacred Heart