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Suspect accused of killing a man in 'seemingly unprovoked' shooting dies

A man who was was accused of allegedly killing Michael Lindblom, 24, in Dec. 11. died of a self inflicted gunshot wound, Spokane police said.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Dec. 23. Spokane police said the suspect accused of killing Michael Lindblom, 24, in a 'seemingly unprovoked' shooting died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Medical examinations are working on releasing the name of the suspect.

Dec. 16 Update: The Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified the man killed in an attack that police called "seemingly unprovoked." The victim is Michael Lindblom, 24. 

Original story: Spokane police are investigating after a man was shot and killed inside a home by someone he did not know.

It happened in Northwest Spokane on Dec. 11. Police say the victim was visiting a home on the 1300 block of West Shannon Avenue. Witnesses told police that the suspect showed up uninvited and let himself inside. They say the man knew some former tenants who had lived there.

Witnesses say the suspect was “talking nonsensically, which included speaking to people that weren’t physically present and expressing thoughts of extreme paranoia,” according to Spokane Police. The man then pulled out a handgun and shot the victim, witnesses said.

Police say there is no indication the suspect and victim knew each other, and witnesses say the shooting was unprovoked.

While investigating the shooting, Spokane police received reports of another shooting a couple of blocks away. Police say it appeared the suspect had shot himself. The man was taken to the hospital. He is in critical condition but is expected to survive.

Police say the suspect’s identity will not be released until he is medically cleared to be booked into jail or formally charged.

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