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The man was stopped and sitting in his white Mitsubishi when Ellery got in attempting to collect a debt

Young got out of the car and the two men started wrestling for a gun when a shot was fired and Young was struck. Ellery then tried to flee from the scene in Young's car but was unsuccessful and ended up running away on foot.

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Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said the incident that left Young injured appears to have been over drugs and says Ellery was high at the time.

"As we're seeing in a lot of crimes, drugs are behind the majority of crimes and when you're high on some sort of magic drug like meth and you mix in a gun, people can get hurt," said DeRuwe.

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