A 26-year-old man who police say accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday in Pasco is a suspect in a Spokane homicide.
Pasco police were called to a motel on the 2800 block of N. 20th Ave. around 9:40 p.m. after Brandon Mellon apparently shot himself in the leg, police officials said Sunday.
Mellon was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland before being transported to a Portland hospital, police said. Mellon is in critical condition and is under police supervision at the hospital.
Spokane police have probable cause to arrest Mellon for first-degree murder following a shooting that took place Friday night at a north Spokane apartment complex, said Monique Cotton, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department. A man, whose name has not been released, was shot to death at the complex.
Police will request the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office charge Mellon with first-degree murder and expect a warrant to be issued for his arrest, Cotton said. Once the warrant is issued, detectives plan to officially arrest Mellon and work on bringing him back to Spokane.
Mellon will have to recover from his gunshot wound and there is no time frame for his return to Spokane, Cotton said.
“Because he was taken across state lines it will make it more difficult for us to bring him into custody,” she said.
Spokane detectives determined Mellon was a person of interest in the shooting during their initial investigation, Cotton said. Information about the shooting and Mellon was entered in a database that is shared with other police agencies.
Pasco and Spokane police were able to work together to determine Mellon was wanted for the shooting, Cotton said.
Officers found a gun at the motel where Mellon reportedly shot himself, police said. It’s unclear if the weapon was used in Friday’s shooting.