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Federal agents help make arrest after shots reported at warehouse

Several agencies were involved in an arrest after shots were fired around 7 a.m. at a warehouse in Spokane Valley. The arrested suspect is facing weapons charges in relation to the incident. During the arrest and subsequent search of the warehouse, there was a five-hour period in which several businesses in the area were unable to operate.

The whole incident started when a man showed up at a Spokane Valley sheriff's precinct alleging that another man had opened fire on him at a warehouse over on Dishman Road. During the course of the investigation, the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force notified the sheriff's office that the warehouse where shots were reported was part of an ongoing gang-related investigation.

Local deputies and agents from the FBI's safe streets task force went on to surround the warehouse and arrest a 36-year-old man in relation to the alleged shooting. The man is currently charged with aiming or discharging a weapon. FBI officials did not divulge details on whether or not the alleged victim or shooter were part of the federal investigation that was already underway. The owner of the property claimed to have no knowledge of any of the activities that were going on at the warehouse.

Weapons charges can bring serious consequences, and in cases such as this, there may be further federal involvement that could put a suspect into even more dire straits. Anyone facing weapons charges usually have to contend with an uphill battle in the criminal justice system. A criminal defense attorney may be able to have these charges reduced or even thrown out, and even if the charges stick, an attorney may be able to negotiate a favorable plea deal with the prosecution.

Source: The Spokesman-Review, "Gunfire bares federal gang probe in Spokane Valley," Jennifer Pignolet, April 03, 2013

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