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Suspect in October shooting that injured 3 at Zip’s in Cheney jailed in King County

December 6, 2018

Authorities working with a federal task force have arrested a Western Washington man in connection with an Oct. 27 shooting that injured three people outside the Zip’s Drive-in in Cheney.

Kevin D. Clay, 21, was arrested on Nov. 28 while leaving his residence in Kent, Washington, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday. He attempted to run from agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Puget Sound Regional Crime Gun Task Force, but was “quickly apprehended after a brief foot pursuit,” the sheriff’s office said.

Clay is being held in the King County Jail on a $500,000 bond. The charges against him include three counts of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm. Spokane County Detective Mike Ricketts prepared the warrant for Clay’s arrest on Nov. 21, the sheriff’s office said.

While searching Clay’s residence and vehicle, agents seized a .38-caliber pistol, 9 mm ammunition, a cellphone and other pieces of evidence, the sheriff’s office said. Clay, who has a prior felony conviction for second-degree robbery, is prohibited from having guns and ammunition.

In Thursday’s news release, the sheriff’s office said: “Due to the substantial threat to individual safety, threat to effective law enforcement and the possibility that disclosure could jeopardize the ongoing investigation, the affidavit filed in support of the arrest warrant was sealed by the issuing judge, and the disclosure of Clay’s arrest was not immediately publicly released.”

This story is developing.

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