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Body found slumped over wheel in east Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a homicide in East Spokane. Police say that they found a dead body inside an SUV near the intersection of Pacific & Grant at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning during a routine patrol to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

A police spokesperson tells KHQ that officers on scene approached the vehicle only to find the body of a deceased black man inside. Detectives say that it appears that the man had been shot in the head. Medical Examiners removed the body to continue their investigation. So far detectives believe they know the identity of the victim but they have yet to release those details pending confirmation using the fingerprints.

The vehicle where the body was found is registered to a woman who says that she had loaned the SUV to her boyfriend but declined to comment further.

The scene was cleared at about 6:45am Wednesday more than 5 hours after the investigation began.