Murder investigation underway after two people found dead in Ridpath apartment
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating a murder at a Downtown Spokane apartment building after a man and woman were found dead on Wednesday.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as Joshua Bassett, 32, and Galina Hensz, 21. Both died from gunshot wounds to the head. While Hensz’s manner of death is listed as a homicide, Bassett’s is still pending.
Bassett lived in an apartment in the Ridpath Club, which Hensz recently moved into.
According to court documents, a resident at the Ridpath apartments heard gunshots coming from her neighbor’s residece around 8:30 p.m. on June 28th. Initially, she heard loud music coming from the couple’s apartment, followed by a muffled bang she assumed was a gun shot. She then heard another louder shot and the music stopped playing, according to the documents.
The neighbor later realized a bullet went through her wall, which was later located in the window frame of her apartment. She reported all of this to apartment managment, documents said.
Five days later on July 3, police responded to a missing person’s call from Bassett’s mother. She told police her son had not been in communication with her since June 28, which was out of character for him.
Bassett’s mother mentioned her son had owned three handguns, but one had been stolen in May. Documents said she noted he was not recently suicidal, but had been suicidal in the past.
According to documents, Bassett’s mother said her son was in the process of purchasing a car from someone on the South Hill. He was meant to pay for the vehicle on June 28, but did not do so.
Once officers entered the apartment on July 3, they found a semi-automatic handgun and dried blood on the floor near Bassett and Hensz’s bodies.
According to Bassett’s brother’s fiance, Bassett and Hensz had an “unstable and volatile” relationship based on statements in the court document. The two were engaged in May but according to her, Hensz did not show up on the day they were to get married. According to documents, this upset Bassett, but the couple remained together.
Investigators have filed a search warrant for the apartment to seize evidence in the case.
4 News Now reached out to Spokane police for a comment on the investigation but they were not able to comment on the investigation at this time.
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