SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Both Spokane police and the Spokane County sheriff’s office had recent contacts with a man who police say fatally shot his wife Tuesday at a downtown medical center, then killed himself.
Police Chief Frank Straub told a news conference Wednesday that a previously confiscated gun was released Monday to 37-year-old Christopher Henderson. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told the news conference that deputies talked to Henderson on Monday at his workplace after other employees called to say he might harm himself, KHQ-TV reported. Deputies reported the man was calm when they spoke to him and told them he wanted to live for his children, the sheriff said.
Spokane police say the man went to the Deaconess Medical Center complex where his wife, 30-year-old Sheena Henderson, worked and shot her multiple times Tuesday. He then fatally shot himself. No one else was hurt.
Spokane officers located Henderson on May 16 after his wife reported he was suicidal and had left the house with a gun, threatening to commit suicide or “suicide by cop,” Straub said. Officers found him in a parked car with the weapon and convinced him to give it up. The gun was confiscated and he was taken to a Spokane hospital for “mental health evaluation and treatment,” the chief said.
After records checks were completed, the gun was released to Henderson on Monday, Straub said.
It was not immediately clear whether it was the same gun used in Tuesday’s shooting.
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