69-year-old Spokane man arrested for threatening to kill neighbor, firing shots

69-year-old Spokane man arrested for threatening to kill neighbor, firing shots

Spokane police officers responded to a north Spokane neighborhood Friday night for reports of a shooting.

Callers on the 2300 block of E. Rich Ave. said a man was on his porch firing off rounds from a handgun. When officers got there, they found 69-year-old Richard Stowell in his yard with a gun in his hand.

Officers surrounded Stowell and gave him commands to drop his weapon and put his hands in the air. According to a release from the Spokane Police Department, Stowell refused at first, standing there with the gun for “a couple tense seconds.”

Stowell then decided to drop his weapon and surrender.

Neighbors told officers that Stowell and another man who lives in the area have an ongoing dispute, which had been only verbal until this point. But Friday, witnesses heard Stowell and the other man yelling across the street at each other. Stowell allegedly yelled something about shooting or killing the other man.

Neighbors then heard two gunshots from the direction of Stowell’s house.

Stowell was arrested and booked into jail for 2nd degree assault for shooting at the man, and for felony harassment for threatening to kill him.

As of Sunday morning, no one listed under the name Richard Stowell is in the Spokane County Jail. He should appear in court in the coming days.

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