Surveillance footage shows man killed at Spokane Valley hotel confronting the gunman


Surveillance footage captured the confrontation and shooting that left one dead in the parking lot of a Spokane Valley hotel last weekend, according to a search warrant filed Thursday.

Jackson Purdie, 35, was shot and killed at the Ramada Inn at 905 N. Sullivan Road around 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. Police have yet to arrest the gunman.

CCTV footage at the hotel and a nearby gas station captured much of the shooting.

A man driving a GMC Yukon pulled into the parking lot with Purdie in the rear passenger seat.

Purdie got out of the car with a white bag and a black backpack, and a woman pulled over in her red Nissan Titan pickup truck, according to the search warrant.

The woman parked her car next to the Yukon and Purdie approached her open passenger door.

It was then that a third man walked to the hotel door with his hands full of drinks and other items purchased at the nearby gas station.

Purdie then dropped his bags into the truck, approached the man and pulled out a gun, court documents show. The man ducked away and turned away from Purdie, court documents show.

Purdie hit the man in the back of the head with a pistol. He then pointed the gun at a passerby and her dog who were in the parking lot, as surveillance footage shows. Witnesses told police Purdie’s gun exploded while it was pointed at the ground.

The other man drew a gun from his belt and shot Purdie.

The gunman ran to a nearby silver Lincoln sedan and fled, court documents show. The man who arrived with Purdie also left the hotel immediately after the shooting, but returned shortly after and took a gun from the woman, who was bending over Purdie’s body.

The man who arrived with Purdie attempted to leave the scene again but was arrested by Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies.

MPs and other first responders attempted to resuscitate Purdie, but he died at the scene. The Spokane County medical examiner said Purdie’s death was a homicide.

Investigators found a .45 caliber shell casing at the scene. with a .45 caliber pistol near Purdie’s body. They also located five 9mm rounds, according to the warrant.

The woman told police she believed the confrontation may have been drug-related. Officers found a substance believed to be methamphetamine in his purse, court documents show. She said the shooter had tried to rob Purdie in the past.

Purdie was a three-time convicted felon, including convictions for possession of a controlled substance.

The man identified as the shooter by witnesses is also a criminal and has recently been the subject of several drug-related arrests.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said it had not named a suspect and the investigation was active and ongoing.

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