Carjacking victim shot five times is not actually dead prosecutor apologizes for

first_imgSPOKANE — “Hey man, I saw you’re dead. I read it in the newspaper.”So began the first of many frustrating phone calls that Kerry Arnold received on Tuesday.At least four news organizations, including The Spokesman-Review, had reported that the 41-year-old man was dead, and now his friends and neighbors were calling and sending messages to make sure that he was not.The source of the error was the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office, which said in a news release Monday that Arnold had succumbed to gunshot wounds he received in a carjacking on Oct. 2. It was the first time authorities had publicly named the carjacking victim.Prosecutor Larry Haskell took blame for the error, saying he had misread a detective’s report.“I made a mistake, and I apologize,” Haskell said. “I really feel bad about it, but the best I can do is make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”Two days after the carjacking, when Spokane police shot and killed the suspect in the parking lot of the Shadle Center, Chief Craig Meidl said the victim remained in the hospital with at least two gunshot wounds.Arnold actually received five gunshot wounds.And he would like everyone to know they didn’t kill him.“I’m ready to put it behind me and get on with my life,” he said in an interview Tuesday evening at his mother’s house in Spokane Valley.last_img