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Murder suspect armed with pellet gun when he was shot

Authorities have confirmed Jeremy Arnold was armed with a realistic looking pellet gun which he pointed at officers as he got out of his truck, prompting officers to shoot and kill him.

Arnold, 37, was the suspect in the killing of Tracy Fergerstrom, 46, whose body was found inside Arnold's home by a neighbor Tuesday morning.

Several hours later, as detectives were investigating the crime scene, Arnold drove up to the scene in Fergerstrom's truck and ran through a police barricade. Officers immediately recognized him and started approaching the vehicle. As he started getting out officers noticed he had a handgun in his left hand and commanded him to drop it.

Arnold ignored their commands, continued to get out of the vehicle and, at point blank range, pointed the gun at several officers who responded by opening fire on him, hitting him several times. He died at the scene.

City asks for help naming new plaza

City asks for help naming new plaza

Spokane has a new park, and City Hall has a new plaza. While the name for Huntington Park has already been claimed, the plaza needs a name and City Hall wants your help.


The City says in their blog post about the name that they’re looking for name ideas that “honor, depict and celebrate Spokane.” Letting City Hall know about your idea is as simple as posting a photo on Instagram.

Spokane Police identify officers involved in deadly shooting

Spokane Police identify officers involved in deadly shooting

Late Friday afternoon the Spokane Police Department identified the three officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Arnold.

Arnold, 37, the suspect in the murder of Tracy Fergerson was shot and killed Tuesday after running through a police barricade and pointing a handgun - later determined to be a pellet gun - at officers as he got out of Fergerson's truck.

The officers involved were Detective Neil Gallion, a Major Crimes detective with 20 years of service with the Spokane Police Department, Sergeant John Gately, a 23-year veteran of the force who serves as a patrol officer, and Officer Jay Kernkamp, an 8-year veteran of the department who also serves in patrol and as a SWAT team medic.

Kernkamp was previously involved in an officer-involved shooting in 2007, while Gately was involved in an officer-involved shooting in 1995. In both cases the prosecutor's office found the shootings were justified.

Items to leave at home during Bloomsday

Items to leave at home during Bloomsday

As you’re preparing to walk or run the world’s largest timed road race on Sunday, keep in mind there are some items that aren’t allowed on the course. Here’s a list of items that Bloomsday organizers want you to leave at home.

Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

Deadline for guaranteed Hoopfest entry Monday

If you want to one of the over 7,000 teams hitting the court for Hoopfest this year, you better register now. The registration deadline for guaranteed entry is Monday, May 5th.


Guaranteed registration for Hoopfest ends at midnight on May 5th. After that, teams will be accepted on a space available basis.

STA offers easy Bloomsday transportation

STA offers easy Bloomsday transportation

With over 50,000 people descending on downtown Spokane on Sunday for Bloomsday, driving probably isn’t the best way to get to the starting line. Spokane Transit Authority is once again providing shuttle services to and from the race so you can focus on your pace instead of your parking.


The STA Bloomsday Shuttles will leave from four locations across Spokane and Spokane County. Pick up locations are as follows:

Green Star Cannabis to continue retail marijuana application process

Green Star Cannabis to continue retail marijuana application process

Another Spokane business owner has announced they were selected to continue with the retail marijuana application process in the City of Spokane.

Of the eight spots available, Sam Calvert of Green Star Cannabis announced the company was given the seventh spot.

"I've been an entrepreneur my entire life, from Kool-Aid stands, to paper routes, to my last successful real estate venture, nothing has compared to the to-date work and the continued efforts required in this emerging recreational marijuana market," said Calvert.

Calvert is also a member of the Spokane City's Marijuana Policy Sub-committee, a group that meets once a month to discuss the best practices to ensure compliance with Initiative 502.