UPDATE 3:53 p.m. Rozier, who is on the scene, tweeted that there is “no information saying” the hostage stand-off is connected to the Belton case.
UPDATE 1:39 p.m. KHQ reporter Alex Rozier reports of a developing police situation, including SWAT and “a dozen” police cars. He tweeted it may be a hostage situation at a local pawn shop. He was unsure if it was related to Belton’s death.
“This guy’s got access to the roof, we need people to stay away.” Spokane Police tell me. @KHQLocalNews— Alex Rozier (@AlexRozier) August 23, 2013
UPDATE 1:30 p.m. The second suspect in Belton’s death has been identified as Kenan Kinard, and is currently not in custody. local NBC station KHQ reports that Kinard is possibly driving a stolen vehicle.
Police have made the first arrest in relation to the murder of Delbert Belton, a World War II veteran who was beaten to death outside of his local Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Wash. earlier this week. Belton fought in the pivotal Battle of Okinawa in 1945, according to his friends.
Local police have stated that the attack “does appear random.” “He was in the parking lot, it appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault,” Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.
Based off of surveillance pictures, police have described Belton’s assailants as two teenage black males. Police arrested one of the suspects earlier today and have charged him with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder. The other suspect is still at large.