Police arrest man in South Hill shooting, victim remains in critical condition

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Police arrested a man on Friday who they say shot another man in a South Hill home, sending him to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

According to police, the two were in a physical fight when 39-year-old George Ellis pulled out a gun and shot the man, then called 911.

When police got to the house, located near 38th and Cuba, they arrested Ellis, who they say was cooperative.

The other man was taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

4 News Now spoke to Sean Porter who lives in the neighborhood. He said he was shocked to see so many police cars outside his home, and even more shocked to see his neighbor hauled away on a stretcher.

“All of a sudden that’s all you hear is sirens, everybody just starts pulling up,” said Porter.

Porter says he only met his neighbors a few times, and they always kept to themselves.

“Pretty quiet people, no problem, and then you wouldn’t see them for months; wouldn’t come outside,” said Porter.

Ellis was booked into the Spokane County Jail for first degree assault and domestic violence. He will likely be in court Tuesday.

Police are investigating the shooting as a domestic violence incident.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, the YWCA offers a 24-hour hotline for victims. Just call 509-326-2255.