Shooting In Spokane Valley Leaves Man In Critical Condition - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Shooting In Spokane Valley Leaves Man In Critical Condition; One Suspect Arrested

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man was clinging to life in a Spokane hospital Saturday afternoon after being shot in the head shortly before 4 a.m. 

A suspect is in custody and detectives have recovered the pistol used in the shooting and clothing worn by the suspect.

Officers responded to Sixth and Sunderland after receiving a 911 call of a vehicle accident at that intersection.  They found a 26-year-old man injured and bleeding heavily and a passenger had reportedly fled the scene. 

The victim was transported to a downtown hospital where staff was initially confounded by the large amount of bleeding.  They eventually removed a cervical collar and found a bullet wound behind the victim's ear.

The victim has been on life support since.  Although the initial investigation was being handled by traffic investigators, sheriff's office major crimes detectives were brought in.

However, it was Spokane Valley patrol officers who determined that the assault stemmed from a party and developed 27-year-old Robert D. Startin as a suspect.

Witnesses told officers that Startin showed up at the party and left after no one there knew him.  He came back a short while later and left with the victim in the victim's 1962 Chevrolet pickup.

A while later, witnesses saw the two men driving slowly past the party in the truck.  They heard a "pop" and then a crash, and saw Startin running from the truck.

After learning of the bullet wound, patrol officers set up surveillance on Startin's home and detained him when he left about 10:15 a.m. Saturday.  He volunteered to accompany detectives to the Public Safety Building.

Detectives interviewed him there and determined he was the shooter.  They obtained a search warrant for his home and recovered a .45-caliber pistol and Startin's clothing about 4:45 p.m.

Startin has been booked into the Spokane County Jail on a First-Degree Assault charge that could be upgraded if the victim does not survive.

Anyone with information about the incident who has not already been interviewed by investigators should call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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