Police: Body Believed to Be Murder Suspect Found Dead - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police: Body Believed to Be Murder Suspect Found Dead

Jan DeMeerleer Jan DeMeerleer

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's SWAT Team executed a search warrant at homicide suspect Jan Demeerleer's Northwoods home about 5 p.m. Sunday and found the body of a male on the floor of the garage.

Detectives could not immediately confirm the decedent's identity, but said they had no reason to believe it was not Demeerleer.  It appeared he had died from an apparent gunshot wound.

Autopsies for both the suspect and the woman detectives believe he shot and killed at 600 N. Ella were expected to begin around 8:30 a.m. Monday.  The medical examiner's office will release the confirmed identities and causes of death.

Police had been actively searching for Demeerleer since a 2:49 a.m. call to 911 from a 17-year-old male who told the operator that his "stepdad" had shot and killed his mother and slashed the teen caller's throat.

Upon arrival at the home, officers learned that the suspect had also shot the teen's nine-year-old brother in the head.  A second nine-year-old twin brother was unharmed.

Both injured victims were transported to a downtown hospital where the teen was treated and released and the nine-year-old was placed on life support.

However, at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, the boy was pronounced brain dead.  Medical staff was hopeful he would be a candidate for organ donations. KHQ confirms that the nine-year-old has died.

Following the original response to the Ella address, police quickly set up containment around Demeerleer's home in the 8300 block of North Briant Lane. 

The sheriff's SWAT team was called out and maintained a perimeter throughout the day as detectives attempted to gather enough evidence to obtain and execute a search warrant for the suspect at the home.

Also, friends, family and co-workers from throughout the Spokane area and other states were consulted to learn more about Demeerleer and where he might be if he was not inside the home.  Those locales were made moot by the discovery of the body inside the garage shortly before 5 p.m.

Detectives have learned that the suspect and female victim were engaged to be married and had lived together for a period in the Northwoods home, but had never been married.

Motive for Sunday's rampage remains under investigation.

 

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