Pistol ammo could help detectives identify murder suspect

Pistol ammo could help detectives identify murder suspect

Sheriff’s detectives trying to solve a Spokane Valley homicide say some shell casings found at the murder scene could help identify the killer.

Family members discovered Cory Fowler’s body on February 18 inside his Mansfield Avenue apartment. He had been shot and now bullets fired from the murder weapon have become critical in making an arrest in the case.

The .380 semi automatic pistol is a small framed gun that doesn’t have a lot of recoil, they’re easier to keep on target, are a favorite among women who carry them for self defense, and while investigating Fowler’s murder deputies found two .380 casings on the floor of his apartment.

“We believe that the ammunition that was used is very unique and believe that ammunition may have been part of a gun sale of a .380 firearm in the local area,” Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Gregory said.

The ammunition used in the killing was made in Germany by a company called Rottweil. Detectives think the ammo with the head stamp RWS may have traded hands in a private party transaction and would like to talk to the pistol’s previous owner.

“We do know this ammunition was used and feel it was probably part of a private party sale and, no, they are not in trouble at all. They may just hold information that can help us during this investigation and help us bring closure to the family,” Gregory said.

A forensic scientist could also compare the casings found at the scene to the gun that fired them if and when they find the murder weapon.

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is now offering a $1,000 reward for any help in solving Fowler’s killing.