Man shot, killed breaking into N. Spokane home

Suspect tried to climb in through doggy door

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:30:35 PM PDT   Updated On: Mar 07 2013 11:35:18 AM PST
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Police said a man was shot dead in North Spokane Wednesday night while attempting to break into a house.

Marshall J. Balduff, 28, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the medical examiner reported Thursday.

According to police, the shooting happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday at a home located in the 6000 block of North Wall Street.

A witness said one of the homeowners saw Balduff and shot and killed him. When officers arrived, they attempted CPR on the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the homeowners and Balduff knew each other. The homeowners said they had been threatened by Balduff for a while and they believed he was armed with a knife.

Police confirmed they recovered a knife from the scene.

Police detained about 10 people, who were inside the home at the time of the shooting, for questioning. Major Crimes detectives served a search warrant on the house and conducted a search of the scene.  Police said everyone involved was cooperative with the investigation.

No arrests have been made and the investigation will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office when it is complete.