Details are still sketchy, but a single gunshot near Dishman Road and Appleway Boulevard early Tuesday drew the attention of Spokane Valley Police, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force and federal gang investigators.
When it was all over, 36-year-old Shawn Mertes was arrested for aiming or discharging a firearm after a search warrant was obtained for sheriff’s SWAT team members to enter a former business in the 300 block of South Dishman Road.
According to Deputy Craig Chamberlin, sheriff’s spokesman, a man called to report he had been shot at one time after his car broke down in front of the business. Someone working nearby said he also heard the gunshot.
While sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident, they were notified by representatives of the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force that they had an “active investigation” involving the same address. That’s when the search warrant was obtained and a Special Weapons and Tactics team called in, along with an explosive-disposal unit and hostage negotiators.
As of Wednesday, it remained unclear what the Violent Crimes Task Force is investigating. However, the incident was described as being “gang related.”
The building, owned by Jerry Colvin, has been for sale. It is the former location of Jerry’s Valley Radiator Service, which has been closed for several years.
Dishman Road – not to be confused with Dishman-Mica Road, which runs parallel to the east – was closed in the area between Appleway Boulevard and Eighth Avenue for about five hours during the investigation.