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Court documents: Police investigating woman's death as murder

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Spokane Police are investigating the death of a woman found unresponsive at this house as a murder Spokane Police are investigating the death of a woman found unresponsive at this house as a murder
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On Wednesday morning, Spokane Police announced the woman who was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning for a suspected drug overdose, and doctors later found she had been shot in the stomach, had died from her injuries. Court documents identify the woman as 22-year-old Christen DeMars and Spokane Police are investigating her death as a murder.

Court documents show that police were called to the home near E. Diamond and N. Regal Tuesday morning after a neighbor reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot. The caller told 911 dispatchers he could hear a man shouting a woman's name. Once the caller got off the phone with dispatch, a man knocked on his door and asked him if he knew CPR. The caller said he did not, but went into the man's apartment anyway and say a woman, later identified as DeMars, lying on the bed, apparently not breathing. Documents state that while the caller was attempting CPR, the man ran from the apartment.

When officers arrived, they were met outside the home by a man telling them "she's upstairs and she's overdosing." The two officers went into the apartment and found DeMars on a bed. The two officers reported seeing numerous needles, a "cooking spoon" and other drug paraphernalia near the bed, while DeMars was unresponsive and throwing up. Officers attempted to communicate with DeMars and she was eventually able to tell them her name.

Court documents state one of the officers told medics she thought DeMars had been shot. Documents say the officer was "finally able to convince medical personnel to check DeMars for a gunshot wound" and saw what appeared to be a gunshot wound in DeMars' stomach. DeMars was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.

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