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Spokane Police say 3 people hurt in pair of stabbings; one suspect arrested


SPOKANE, Wash. -Update: Spokane police continue to investigate a pair of stabbings that happened Tuesday afternoon. A suspect was taken into custody in one case, but no arrests have been made in the other.

The first stabbing happened at about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Spokane Falls Blvd and Browne Street in downtown Spokane. Police say a man and a woman were injured. Officers were on scene quickly, and immediately began providing first aid to the more seriously wounded person. Their injuries do not appear life threatening.

The second stabbing happened about an hour later in the 1200 block of E. Trent. A man suffered a stab wound and was taken to an area hospital with critical injuries. Officers arrived and began gathering information about the suspect. Less than a half an hour after the incident was reported, SPD took 35-year-old Joseph W. Murray into custody. Murray was booked into the Spokane County Jail for first degree assault.

Major Crimes Detectives continue to investigate both stabbings Tuesday night. No arrests have been made in connection to the first stabbing. 

If you witnessed either incident and have not spoken to police, you're asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and reference the following report numbers:

E Trent incident # 2018-20216990

Downtown # 2018-20216960

Update: Shortly after a stabbing was reported near Spokane Falls Boulevard and Browne Street, officers were also called to another reported stabbing on E. Trent Ave. near the Union Gospel Mission. One person was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say one man has been arrested in connection to the E. Trent stabbing, but it's too early to tell if the two reported stabbings are connected.

Previous coverage:

Spokane Police say one person was stabbed near Spokane Falls Boulevard and Browne Street Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were on scene Tuesday and searching for the suspect in a stabbing that was reported around 3:39 p.m. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Police say the victim has injuries that are not thought to be life threatening. 

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

We are working to confirm additional details. As we learn more we will update this story

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