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3 suspects arrested after fatal stabbing; victim identified

SPOKANE, Wash.- Police have arrested three suspects in connection with a fatal stabbing in north Spokane Tuesday night. The victim was stabbed at Augusta and Monroe following a fight and police say he died on the way to the hospital.  Police have identified the victim as 19 year-old Michael Andrew Lyng.

Police say two of the suspects are brothers, Christopher and Joseph Harper, the third is an acquaintance of the brothers, Robert Waters. All three were arrested Wednesday morning for second degree murder in connection with the stabbing.

Police say the incident started at 8:30 on Tuesday night after one of the brothers assaulted a woman at Spofford and Monroe, a house where police say one of the brothers lived.

Police say the woman called somebody named Mike and when he arrived to the house on Spofford, a fight broke out between Mike, Christopher and Joseph Harper, and Robert Waters.

Mike was able to get away from the house, but did suffer a minor injury to his elbow. Police say it was a non-life-threatening cut to his elbow. He left and went about ten blocks down the street to Augusta and Monroe where he met up with the Lyng, eventual stabbing victim.

The three stabbing suspects found Mike there, before 10 Tuesday night, and once again engaged Mike in a fight. Police say the Lyng stepped in to help Mike, and that's when he was stabbed in the upper torso. Police say Lyng died on the way to the hospital sometime around 11 p.m.

At 4:30 Wednesday morning, the brothers had still not been found and SWAT team members were called in to search the home on Spofford. After no one was found inside the home, it was cleared. SWAT team members report the home was very messy and showed signs of a fight.

Police were finally able to contact the brothers because an acquaintance provided them with the phone number of their father. Their father then gave police one of the brothers' phone numbers. Police called the brothers and they turned themselves in at the Police station, along with the third stabbing suspect Robert Waters.

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