Update: Kennewick murder victim identified

Tri-City HeraldMarch 22, 2013 

— Spokane police have arrested the suspect in a Kennewick shooting that left 24-year-old Franklin Scott Evans Palmer of Kennewick dead.

Police apprehended Grant Wayne Scantling, 41, on Friday afternoon at a home in the 2200 block of North Denver in Spokane.

He was taken into custody without incident. Authorities blocked off roads and circled the area in a helicopter looking for Scantling, according to TV reports.

Scantling will be taken back to the Tri-Cities and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, Kennewick police said Friday night.

He fled to Spokane after allegedly breaking into a duplex at 520 E. Eighth Place in Kennewick and shooting the man just before 7:40 a.m.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg said a woman and three children were in the house at the time of the shooting.

James Hopstad, the landlord of the duplex, said two of the kids are Scantling's, and the woman, Ann Krebs, is his estranged girlfriend.

Krebs recently had become estranged from Scantling, and she planned to move across the country within the next few days, Hopstad said. A U-Haul trailer was parked in the home's driveway.

"It's like a bad dream. I don't understand it," said Hopstad, who knows Scantling and the victim. "Those children is who I feel for."

Sgt. Ken Lattin said Scantling and the victim knew each other, and the victim lived at the duplex with Krebs and the children.

Gunshots were reported at 7:39 a.m. Police quickly identified Scantling as a suspect from information provided by a witness to the shooting, Lattin said.

Scantling has a history of cases in District Court in Benton and Spokane counties and Spokane Municipal Court dating to 1991.

Police did not say where the victim was shot or what caliber weapon was used.

Neighbors described the duplex, littered with tricycles and toys, as a house that had a constant police presence. Kim Banda has lived next door for 14 years and said she wasn't shocked when police showed up Friday morning.

"There has been guys in and out lately," she said. "There is always cops here."

Hopstad confirmed the duplex has had problems in the past, but nothing as serious as Friday's homicide.

Banda said she spoke to Krebs after police arrived, and Krebs told her she "woke up with a gun to her face and Grant shot (the victim)."

Police initially said the shooting may have been related to another shooting Friday morning in Othello, as it involved a vehicle of the same description as the maroon 2000 Jeep Cherokee in which Grantling fled north from Kennewick.

However, Hohenberg and Adams County Sheriff Doug Bragger said later that the Othello shooting was not related to the Kennewick homicide.

Investigators still were processing the crime scene Friday night, trying to piece together what led to the deadly shooting. Hohenberg said police will release the name of the victim once the autopsy is performed.

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