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Detectives searching for second Deer Park murder suspect

DEER PARK, Wash. - Deer Park homicide vo

Spokane County Sheriff's detectives are continuing to search for the second suspect in the murder of a Deer Park man Saturday evening.

Ed Giesbrecht and two other people were inside his place at the Pinecrest Manor apartments when they heard a long banging. Giesbrecht was almost to the door when the two suspects kicked it wide open.

"Deputies arrived on scene, found an adult male victim with a gunshot wound to the head lying on the floor inside one of the apartment units," Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

Giesbrecht died a few hours later at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Witnesses told deputies said no words were spoken and nothing taken after the shooting. Giesbrecht was targeted with a single fatal shot but detectives don't know why.

"The neighbors say he's a great guy, dependable neighbor and nothing is jumping out at us right now that leading us down the road of why this heinous crime took place," Chamberlin said.

The one suspect in custody, 61-year-old Richard Klepacki, was arrested a short time after the shooting. While he has denied his involvement in Giesbrecht's killing, detectives don't think he's being entirely honest since deputies found him hiding in the bushes at Deer Park Middle School a few blocks from the crime scene covered in blood spatter and hiding right next to an empty holster.

Klepacki told investigators he got that blood on his face falling down on the ice. Investigators say what's more likely is that it's the victim's blood and deputies took a sample of it so they can place Klepacki at the shooting scene.

"Great police work on their part. Obviously it's going to be a big piece of the puzzle when trying to figure out exactly why this terrible crime took place," Chamberlin said.

Based on witnesses descriptions deputies do not think Klepacki is the man who pulled the trigger. That suspect, who remains at large, is a white male, 19 to 25 years old, who was wearing a blue and white bandana as mask when he allegedly fired the fatal shot.