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Posted on: January 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Murder Suspect, Joseph M. Gray, Arrested

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UPDATE: Murder Suspect, Joseph M. Gray, Arrested


On January 18, 2021, working in conjunction with Spokane Police Officers and the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force led by the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives arrested Joseph M. Gray at a residence in the 2500 block of N. Sycamore.  


Gray was taken into custody without incident at approximately 10:20 pm.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence once the scene was secured and remained there throughout the evening, processing the scene for evidence.   


Gray was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Aggravated Murder 1st Degree and Robbery 1st Degree.  He is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond.  


Gray and 30-year-old Krystal M. Johnson are believed to be the suspects involved in the shooting death of 35-year-old Christopher Smith on December 31, 2020, on Park Road.  


Johnson was arrested on January 13, 2021, at the Adams Square Apartments, 225 S. Adams, and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Aggravated Murder 1st Degree and Robbery 1st Degree.  She remains in custody with her bond set at $100,000.


Major Crimes Detectives would like to thank everyone for the numerous tips and assistance they have received from members of our community.  This remains an active investigation, and no further information is available at this time.  





Press Release sent January 14, 2021:


UPDATE: Warrant Issued for 1st Degree Murder & 1st Degree Robbery 

Suspect, Joseph M. Gray Sought – Considered Armed & Dangerous


Through their investigation, Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives have identified the male and female suspects involved in this incident where the victim, 35-year-old Christopher Smith, was shot and killed.  


Detectives are attempting to locate the male suspect, 28-year-old Joseph “Joe” M. Gray.  ** Gray should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. **  


If you know of Joseph “Joe” M. Gray’s location, please call 9-1-1.  


If you have information regarding this investigation or Gray’s recent activities, you are asked to call Major Crimes Detective Marc Melville at 509-477-3325 or Major Crimes Detective Nate Bohanek at 509-477-3223.


Spokane Valley Deputies, responding to an argument/assault call at the Adams Square Apartments, 225 S. Adams, last night, with the assistance of the SWAT Team and Major Crimes Detectives, located the female suspect involved in the shooting on Park Road, 30-year-old Krystal M. Johnson.


Johnson was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 1st Degree and Robbery 1st Degree. 


Press Release sent December 31, 2020:

Altercation on Park Road Escalates into a Shooting

Major Crimes Detectives Seek Witnesses and Answers 


Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are investigating an early morning shooting on S. Park Road. The limited information gained at the scene indicates the incident began as an argument/altercation between two adult males and an adult female. At some point during the incident, as the three ran through the neighborhood yelling and banging on doors, one of the males pulled a handgun and shot the other male. The victim was transported to the hospital with a life-threatening wound. He later died from his injury. 


A K9 Unit, Air 1 Flight Crew, and Patrol Deputies flooded the area to conduct an extensive search but did not locate the suspect or the female. 


Anyone with information regarding this incident or can help Investigators identify the persons involved is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10170950.


On December 31, 2020, at approximately 7:20 am., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a call of a possible shooting in the 600 block of S. Park Road in Spokane Valley. 

Arriving Deputies located one male who was suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound and immediately provided medical aid. Spokane Valley Fire and AMR personnel arrived, took over the victim’s care, and quickly transported him to the hospital. 

Deputies quickly established a perimeter, and a K9 Unit, Air 1, and Major Crimes Detectives were called out to assist.

The initial and very limited information obtained from witnesses and residents in the area indicates the two males and a female, all three believed to be adults, were involved in some sort of altercation. Witnesses stated the males were banging on doors in the area, and yelling was heard. 

In the 600 block of S. Park, the incident escalated, when according to reports, one male and the female ran from the scene after he produced a handgun and shot the second male. At this time, it is not known if the three knew each other or what precipitated the argument or shooting. 

Later, Investigators were informed the victim, described as an adult black male, was later pronounced deceased despite the life-saving efforts of Deputies, Firefighters, AMR Staff, and Medical Professionals at the hospital.

The adult male suspect was described as white. According to witness statements, his height was estimated to be 5’08”-5’11”. The female was described as an adult and white. 

The information obtained regarding this incident is minimal at this point. Detectives are requesting anyone with video surveillance cameras in the area to please review their recordings, from an hour prior to the shooting to an hour after, for anything suspicious or video of the people involved. 

Anyone with information regarding this deadly incident, what occurred prior to it, or anything that could help identify the people involved is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10170950. 


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