Kennewick homicide suspect captured in Spokane

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Spokane police say they arrested 41-year-old Grant Scantling late Friday afternoon.

Police across Eastern Washington began searching for Scantling after Kennewick police found 24-year-old Franklin Scott Evans Palmer dead. The autopsy is currently being conducted. Officials will release results at a later date. Police said Scantling was considered armed and dangerous.

Our sister-station KREM 2 News reports several North Spokane roads were blocked off late Friday afternoon as police searched the neighborhood for Scantling. Police took Scantling into custody on the 220 block of North Denver after a short standoff.

Homicide suspect in custody. We quickly apprehended him at home in 2200 block of N. Denver.

Spokane Police (@SpokanePD) March 23, 2013

Investigators believe Scantling and the victim knew each other.

The man's body was still in the home as of late Friday morning.

Officers say a 911 call came from inside the home about 7:40 Friday morning. When police arrived they found Palmer dead.

A 41-year-old man was believed to have been in the home at the time of the shooting. Officers are working on the theory that he fled the scene and is heading "North." He is considered a "person of interest" but has not been named. It is believed both the victim and the person of interest lived at the home.

Officers say initial indications suggest this was a domestic dispute and this was not a gang-related shooting. They told KEPR the location is considered a "problem house" due to the frequent visits required by police.

A mobile command unit is already in place outside the home on the 500 block of East 8th Avenue. The home is a few blocks east of Kennewick General Hospital. The state crime lab is expected to arrive by Friday afternoon.

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