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Man accused of shooting his father in the head

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man accused of shooting his father in the head and then trying to cover up the crime was arrested Thursday and charged with first degree murder. 

A caregiver found 35-year-old Matthew's father, Robert Bossard, dead in his bathroom. Matthew faced a judge Monday.

Authorities believe Matthew shot his father in the head, then tried to clean up the blood and eliminate evidence.

Detectives describe Matthew as paranoid, with a history of drug use. 

Just after 9 a.m. Thursday, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 8600 block of North Whitehouse Drive, just outside Spokane City limits.

A caregiver called 911 after she found Robert with a gunshot wound in his head, covered in blood in the bathroom. 

Detectives found a gun, casings, and a magazine in a plastic bag in the bathroom with no blood on it. They also reported finding what looked like a body bag and a shovel in the backyard of the home. 

Matthew admitted he tried to clean up the blood when he says he found his father dead, but he never called 911.

Authorities have responded to the Bossard home three times within the last three months, involving alleged drug activity, and disputes between Matthew and his father. Court documents reveal that Robert had threatened to throw his son out of the house for drug use.

Matthew's bond was set at $1 million in court Monday.