SPOKANE, Wash. - A man has been arrested after he allegedly shot shot and killed another man and attempted to cover up the shooting by dismembering the victim.
This was the second time in less than a month that a teenager fooling around with a loaded gun has accidentally killed one of his friends here in Spokane. The big difference in this latest incident is that the alleged 19-year-old gunman tried to dispose of the victim with the help of a hatchet.
The shooting happened at a home in the 4800 block of North Lincoln around 4 a.m. Tuesday. A group of people -- three men and a woman -- were in the basement of the residence handling a gun when it discharged, striking the victim and killing him.Accidental shooting on Lincoln
The three survivors panicked and decided to cover up the shooting by trying to dismember the victim, police report.
One of the three got sick, reportedly vomited, then ran outside the home and called 9-1-1.
"We responded to the house, a man opened the door officers observed blood on his feet. They went inside the home and found the victim dead inside the basement," Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said.
Police report the man who answered the door is Jeremy McVicker, 19, a Shadle Park High School graduate who told officers he had accidentally shot his friend in the head.
Instead of calling for paramedics, McVicker allegedly panicked about getting caught, went into the detached garage and got a hatchet. He managed to cut the victim's head off when another witness, overcome by the gruesome scene, ran from the home and called 9-1-1.
Police are at a loss at how McVicker, a community college student with no criminal history, could be so insensitive to his dead friend's welfare.
"It's such a foreign concept that not only would you accidentally shoot your friend but also then go through that extra step of trying to dismember them with a hatchet," DeRuwe said.
It's not known yet if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the incident.
McVicker was taken into custody and charged with first degree manslaughter. He is scheduled to make a court appearance Wednesday.
Late Tuesday afternoon the medical examiner confirmed that the victim, Dylan Heinen, 19, died from a single gunshot wound to the head.