PULLMAN - This weekend marks one year since the fatal shooting on Pullman’s College Hill that killed 23-year-old Liban Barre.
The Pullman man was killed by gunfire during the early morning hours of September 25th. The shooting occurred near a large College Hill party. Former Washington State University football player Brandon Gray was also shot and suffered serious injuries.
Barre’s roommate 23-year-old George Melvin Harris III was initially arrested for felony 2nd degree assault. Harris was allegedly found on scene with a gun by Pullman Police and he reportedly told officers that he acted in self-defense. Police reported that they found a second gun near Gray. Harris was quickly released from jail after posting bond and charges haven’t been filed yet pending the outcome of the PPD’s investigation.
Detectives are waiting for a critical report from the Washington State Crime Lab. A significant amount of evidence was submitted to the lab for forensic examination.
Commander Breshears says that detectives have been interviewing witnesses and anyone with information about what happened the night Barre died. He adds that the PPD’s investigation will be thorough to ensure that justice is served.
"We are going to pursue this case and all of the evidence and present it to the prosecutor so that justice and the truth comes out," said Breshears.
Commander Breshears says the crime lab is getting close to completing its review of the evidence. Once that report gets to the PPD he believes it won’t take long for detectives to send their case to the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office for a possible charging decision.
The Pullman Police Department still wants to hear from anyone who has any information about the case.