Suspected gunman found in dog house - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Suspected gunman found in dog house

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police detained a suspected gunman after using a K9 unit to track the man to a backyard in the 2400 block of N. Normandie near Garfield Elementary School where he was hiding in a dog house Friday.

Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe says a man in a white Mitsubishi was stopped at a traffic light near Division and Buckeye about 3 p.m. Friday when another man climbed in. She says the driver was shot and wounded and the gunman fled on foot. The driver, a 20-year-old man, got out and collapsed; he has been taken to a hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Garfield Elementary was put into lockdown after the shooting for precautionary reasons and students were released just after 4 p.m.

Roads in the immediate area of Division and Buckeye were shut down to traffic for several hours while police investigated the shooting.

Police have identified the suspect as 30-year old Joseph Ellery.  Ellery was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail with a charge of first degree assault with a firearm.  Officers recovered what they believe to be the gun used in the shooting behind the Party Palace located at 2607 N. Division.

Police say Ellery is well known to them and he has a lengthy arrest record.  Ellery has been arrested for vehicle theft, numerous property crimes and driving with a suspended license.  He has been convicted of 2nd degree burglary and attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

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