Murder suspect shot by police was convicted felon

Jeremy Arnold, 37, shot and killed by Spokane Police Tuesday afternoon

SPOKANE, Wash. - The person of interest in the killing of a woman at a North Spokane residence was a felon with multiple convictions for assault, burglary, robbery, a drive-by shooting and escaping custody while on a court-approved furlough to get married.

Court records, property records and neighbors indicate Jeremy Arnold, 37, was the individual who was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon by Spokane Police officers after he drove through a police barricade near the crime scene in the 2500 block of N. Standard and got out of the truck he was driving with a pistol in his hand.

Officers ordered Arnold to put the gun down but had the weapon pointed at several officers, who opened fire on him, hitting and killing him.

Arnold, according to the Department of Corrections, was released from prison in 2012 after serving eight years for a variety of crimes ranging from assault and burglary to intimidating a witness. He finished his community supervision on March 6, 2014.

In May 2005, Arnold was the subject of a manhunt after he failed to return to jail from a court-approved furlough so he could get married. At the time Arnold had already pled guilty to two counts of intimidation of a witness, two counts of first-degree robbery, five counts of residential burglary, a drive-by shooting and one count of harassment. 

Three days after he bolted he was taken into custody after authorities received a tip he was hiding out in an apartment near Arlington Elementary School in northeast Spokane.

Before his escape from his furlough he had been facing eight years in prison, but after he failed to return from the furlough he faced additional charges for the escape. He was originally sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison, with an estimated parole date in 2015, but was released in 2012.