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Court Docs: 5th and Altamont shooter hit victim 3 times in the back

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William Poindexter was killed after an argument led to a shooting near 4th and Altamont on Tuesday. William Poindexter was killed after an argument led to a shooting near 4th and Altamont on Tuesday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Newly filed court documents detail the deadly incident between Edward Bushnell and William Poindexter, witnessed by at least a dozen people on Tuesday near 5th and Altamont. The problem is that many of them describe the incident differently. Some of the differences are subtle, some are stark. The one thing everyone agrees on: Bushnell fired a gun at Poindexter after a physical fight between the two. From there, the stories diverge.

Here's what police believe happened: around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, Poindexter was walking with his girlfriend, who will be referred to as "VB", near 5th and Altamont. At some point he began physically assaulting her, pushing her into a fence, knocking her down, picking her up by her arms, hitting her, and pushing her down. Edward Bushnell happened by on a skateboard, saw what Poindexter was doing, and rode over to he and VB. Police say Bushnell said something to the effect of, "Hey, why don't you try picking on someone your own size, not a woman!"

READ: Spokane Police arrest man for fatal shooting near 4th and Altamont

VB told Bushnell to mind his own business, that she was fine, and that she just needed to get to her bus stop. Poindexter also told Bushnell to mind his own business and pulled a baseball bat from his pants pocket. VB would later say that Poindexter had been attacked before and carried the bat for protection.

Bushnell and Poindexter squared off, with Poindexter ultimately coming out on top after landing at least one punch that knocked Bushnell to the ground. Poindexter and VB then continued on their way for approximately 15 to 45 seconds. During that period of time, as the two were leaving, Bushnell was reaching into his backpack for a 9mm handgun, a gun for which he does have a legal concealed weapons permit.

According to Bushnell, from a distance of about 30 feet, he took aim at Poindexter's back, in a two-handed stance, and fired three times, hitting Poindexter with all three shots. Poindexter fell to the ground, VB kneeled next to him, and Bushnell ran toward the two of them. Bushnell said Poindexter fell on his stomach, so he and VB helped turn Poindexter over to help stop the bleeding on his back. Poindexter had three bullet wounds: two in the back and one in the right armpit.

Police showed up moments later. VB is quoted in court documents as saying "That's what we [VB and Poindexter] do! We beat each other up. That doesn't give someone the right to shoot him [Poindexter]."

Poindexter was taken to the County Coroner's office and Bushnell was taken to Sacred Heart because of the wounds he got in that initial confrontation with Poindexter. Bushnell said he acted in self-defense, later adding that he "acted instinctively". He said he was in flight or flight mode and chose to fight, saying "I didn't know if he [Poindexter] was going to continue beating the girl or come at me, which is why I shot him."

This entire incident played out in front of a lot of people. Altamont is a busy road and a lot of people passed by before, during, and after the shooting. Some said they saw Poindexter beating up VB, others said they didn't. Some said Bushnell was riding a skateboard, others said he was following VB and Poindexter for a while holding two knives.

Most everyone agreed that from the physical confrontation between Bushnell and Poindexter to the shooting of Poindexter by Bushnell at least 20 seconds had elapsed.

There is still a lot to sort out in this case. KHQ put in a request to speak with Edward Bushnell, but he declined. Bushnell remains in the Spokane County Jail. 

Bushnell will be in District Court Thursday afternoon.

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