SCSO detectives investigate attempted murder-suicide on Bigelow Gulch

Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a neighbor dispute that escalated to an attempted murder-suicide on Thursday.

According to Mark Gregory with the Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of a neighbor dispute and shooting just after 6 p.m. in the 7600 block of E. Bigelow Gulch in Spokane County.

The man who called said that he’d gotten into an earlier fight with his neighbor, and that neighbor shot and hit him when he later returned home.

Deputies responding to the scene saw the suspect leaving the man’s driveway. Deputies told the man to stop and show his hands, but he continued to walk until he was hidden behind his house.

As deputies approached the house, they heard a gunshot. They received a 911 call moments later from a woman saying that her husband had shot himself behind their house. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other man involved was transferred to the hospital with life threatening injuries, and has been listed in critical condition.

A section of Bigelow Gulch between Jensen and Weile was closed late Thursday for investigation, but re-opened Friday morning.

Bigelow Gulch is open in both directions. Detectives have cleared the scene. Updated information will be released later today, when possible. #SCSO #Spokane #SpokaneValley #CdA

— SpokaneSheriffOffice (@SpokaneSheriff) May 31, 2019

Since then, investigators found out that deputies had been called to the suspect’s home earlier for reports of a road rage argument.

Employees of the victim had been driving to his house when they merged in front of the suspect, who was also driving on Bigelow Gulch. According to a report, the suspect followed the employees to his neighbor’s house, where he yelled at them for cutting him off, saying that he had lived there for many years and they needed to respect him.

During the argument, the suspect showed a handgun as he backed out of the driveway.

A deputy was called the suspect’s house and issued him a citation for unlawful displaying a firearm. The suspect was drinking what the deputy thought was an alcoholic drink at the time, and insisted that he would fight the citation in court.

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