Drive-by shooting suspect under investigation for threatening witness
SPOKANE, Wash. — A man accused of killing a woman in a Wandermere drive-by shooting is now being charged with witness tampering.
Jonathan Andersen was was arrested in July on first-degree murder and attempted murder charges in the shooting of Misty Hirsch.
Hirsch had been driving her car in the Wandermere area when Andersen allegedly pulled up beside her, shooting multiple times before driving away.
A passenger in Andersen’s car at the time witnessed the shooting. Court documents show that passenger saw Hirsch had died on the news and contacted police.
Now, detectives say they have evidence of Andersen urging that witness to change her testimony in a phone call.
Jail detention staff also found letters in Andersen’s cell, telling the witness she would receive a lawyer and $50,000 cash if she cooperated. If not, deputies say Andersen threatened to ‘silence’ her, saying she would not make it to trial.
The letter has since been submitted to a forensic handwriting expert.
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