OKANOGAN — Charges have yet to be filed in the death of an Okanogan man shot here Thursday, even as investigators wrapped up crime-scene forensics over the weekend and scheduled an autopsy for Monday.
Raymond E. Moore, 62, was shot and killed in a domestic dispute turned violent at a house at 56 East Dry Coulee Road, investigators said Saturday. Moore’s adult son, suspected of shooting his father, was also shot when deputies stormed the house to end a two-hour stand-off Thursday night.
The son, whose name and age have not been released, was airlifted Friday morning from Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak to a trauma center at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane where he remained in serious but stable condition that evening, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers. A more recent update on the son’s condition was not available.
“It appears to be a domestic argument that escalated into violence,” said Jason Mathews, Chief of Special Operations for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives from Chelan County and the Washington State Patrol are investigating the incident because it involves shots fired by an Okangoan County deputy.
Sheriff Rogers said Saturday that efforts to gather and record evidence at the scene continued through the weekend. An autopsy on Moore has been scheduled for Monday, he added.
The shootings occurred at a house located about two miles southwest of Okanogan. Rogers said someone called 911 at 8:20 p.m. Thursday to report shots fired at the residence. When Okanogan County deputies arrived, they heard gunfire and saw two women running from the house. Deputies were told that a man had been shot inside and his son, who had done the shooting, was still inside.
Deputies called the county’s Special Response Team, who attempted to communicate with the man inside the house for about two hours. About 10:30 p.m., deputies stormed the house, heard shots fired and deputies fired back. The injured man was given emergency first-aid, then was transported to the Omak hospital.
The older man was found dead inside the residence.
Rogers declined to name the deputy who apparently shot the man but said he was a Sheriff’s Office veteran.
Mathews said the standard procedure after a law officer fires a weapon on duty includes “a cooling down period” to assess the situation, gather details and prepare for an interview with the officer.
That interview had not been scheduled by Saturday afternoon, but could occur as early as Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. No charges would likely be filed in the case until the interview is completed, Mathews said.
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World reporter Dee Riggs contributed to this report.