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Stabbing of 8-year-old investigated


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Spokane Valley Major Crimes detectives are investigating the stabbing of a juvenile male at HiCo at Argonne and Sprague.
The suspect, restrained by witnesses and the victim’s father, was arrested by arriving deputies, said Deputy Mark Gregory, police spokesman. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On Nov. 17, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Police responded to the call of two males fighting and a possible stabbing of an 8-year-old boy.

When deputies arrived at the scene, the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Bruce D. Landahl, was being restrained by witnesses and quickly taken into custody.

Witnesses at the scene stated the victim and his father were at a table inside the store. Landahl entered the store, walked up to the table and grabbed the victim while he was playing on an iPad. Landahl began stabbing the victim and the victim’s father jumped up to defend his son.

Several witnesses to the incident assisted in restraining Landahl, while others attended to the victim who was bleeding from several wound s, including one to his neck.

Spokane Valley Fire and AMR personnel arrived at the scene and immediately took over medical care.

Due to the random and vicious nature of this violent assault, Major Crimes detectives were called to the scene to continue the investigation.

Landahl, appeared to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs, was transported to the Public Safety Building to be interviewed by detectives. During the transport, he continued to be aggressive and attempted to slip his handcuffs but was unsuccessful.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he is in stable condition.

Landahl reportedly said he “felt possessed” during the incident and “has an addiction.”

Landahl was booked into the Spokane County Jail for attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault of a child.

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