Cpl. Ronald Van Tassel
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 10:12 a.m.
Spokane Police responded to a north side neighborhood for a shots fired call last night. The incident erupted from on ongoing dispute between a couple neighbors. Officers were able to quickly locate the suspect and arrest him for several charges.
On January 18th, 2019 Spokane Police Officers responded to the area of 2300 E Rich in north Spokane for a shooting call. It was reported that a male was on his front porch firing off rounds from a handgun. When Officers arrived onscene they located 69 year old Richard Stowell in his yard, Stowell still had a gun in his hand.
Once Officers were able to safely surround Stowell, they started giving him commands to drop his weapon and put his hands in the air. Stowell was not initially cooperative and stood there with the gun still in his hands. After a couple tense seconds went by, Stowell finally dropped his weapon and surrendered.
Officers interviewed people in the neighborhood and found that Stowell and another neighbor have an ongoing dispute, which has been only verbal until this point. Several witnesses heard Stowell and the victim yelling across the street at each other. They then heard Stowell yell something about shooting or killing the other male. Witnesses then heard two gunshots from Stowell’s direction.
Stowell was ultimately booked into jail for 2nd Degree assault for shooting at the victim and for Felony Harassment, which is for threatening to kill somebody.
Officer John O'Brien