Court records show timeline of events leading up to Spokane shooting suspect’s arrest

The suspect in a downtown Spokane shooting
Credit: Bonner County Jail

SPOKANE, Wash. – Newly filed court documents describe the timeline leading of events up to the arrest of a 19-year-old man accused of shooting two people in downtown Spokane.

According to court records, Spokane Police officers quickly responded to the shooting at an apartment near Sacred Heart on Tuesday night. They found two men, ages 19 and 20, with multiple gunshot wounds.

Through speaking with the victims and by searching security footage from nearby buildings, officers were able to get a description of a suspect.

Police said the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Trey Galloway, was seen on surveillance footage walking into the apartment, then jogging away a few minutes later. According to court records, he got in the passenger side of a car that then drove away.

According to court records, one of the victims knew Galloway and knew he was coming over to the apartment. The other victim told officers he had not previously met the suspect.

Despite not knowing him, the victim was able to tell police the last name of Galloway’s girlfriend, court records show.

This information led police to the home of Galloway’s 16-year-old girlfriend. According to court records, police contacted the girl’s mother, who told police the couple had gone to Priest River to visit her other daughter.

Spokane Police officers then sent patrol anti-crime and drug unit members to North Idaho. Once there, they were able to locate a vehicle belonging to the mother of Galloway’s girlfriend.

According to court documents, police secured the area and called the home in order to get the people inside to come out.

Officers conducted interviews and learned that Galloway’s girlfriend was driving the car seen in surveillance video near the scene of the shooting. Court records show the young girl told police she had heard gunshots, but did not know who fired them.

Court documents show the girl got out of her car after hearing the shots, but she got back in as Galloway starting jogging back to the car.

“She told me that Trey then said something like, ‘Let’s go,’” an officer noted in the police report. “[She] claimed that she had no idea that Trey had shot anybody while he was inside the apartment building. She insisted that after Trey got back into the vehicle after she heard the gunshots that he never made any mention of what had occurred up inside the apartment.”

Police said they tried to interview Galloway once he was taken into custody, but he asked to have a lawyer present while being questioned.

Galloway was subsequently booked into the Bonner County Jail and later extradited back to Spokane.

On Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to two charges of first-degree assault in a Spokane courtroom. His bond was set at $500,000.

Police said the two victims were shot with a 9mm handgun. Detectives found one searching Galloway’s home. Ballistic testing will show if it’s the same one used in the crime.

The conditions of the victims are not known.

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