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Spokane cab driver killed in Bonner County

KOOTENAI, Idaho - A Spokane cab driver was murdered Monday night in Bonner County, Idaho.

According to the Bonner County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Jacob Coleman of Puyallup flew from Seattle to Spokane with the intention of starting a new semester at Gonzaga University.

Coleman was denied entry to Gonzaga for unknown reasons. Coleman told police that he grew angry and began to have homicidal thoughts.

Coleman got in a cab at the Spokane Airport and asked to be driven to a made-up friend's house in eastern Bonner County. According to Coleman, the further they drove, the more he had homicidal thoughts.

When the cab entered Ponderay, Idaho, Coleman asked the driver to stop at a local store. Coleman bought a knife and got back in the cab. The cab driver continued to search for the location Coleman had specified, before realizing it didn't exist. The driver then stopped near the intersection of Spokane St. and E. Railroad Avenue, in the city of Kootenai, Idaho, where Coleman stabbed the victim with the knife.

Relatives of the victim began calling the cab, after the driver failed to do his usual check-in with them. The relatives contacted Bonner County Dispatch, and Bonner County police were able to quickly find the vehicle.

The family of the victim was notified after he was identified as 22-year-old Gagandeep (Gagan) Singh, of Spokane. The victim succumbed to his injuries on scene.

Coleman was arrested without resisting, and charged with 1st Degree Murder. He was transported to Bonner County Jail, where he is waiting to be arraigned.

Gonzaga University released the following statement regarding the incident:

Gonzaga University has no record of an application for admission from Jacob Coleman of Puyallup, WA. An individual matching his description was reported to have approached housing officials on campus Monday. As Mr. Coleman was not enrolled as a student, he was never assigned to campus housing and was informed of this fact by the Housing and Residence Life Office.

We continue to gather information and work with law enforcement to support their investigation. Our hearts go out to the victim of this tragic crime and his family.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call Bonner County Detectives at 208-263-8417.