SPOKANE, Wash. - A dispute over a roommate's cats New Year's Day led to a shooting that left a 44-year-old Spokane County man in stable condition and sent the gunman to jail on an attempted homicide charge.
Deputies were called to a home in the 9500 block of West Seven-Mile Road about 9:15 p.m. Saturday by a third roommate who reported the shooting. When they arrived, the victim had already been driven to a Spokane hospital by private vehicle.
Investigation revealed that the victim and suspect, 55-year-old Alan Kintner, as well as other roommates had been watching television when a dispute over Kintner's cats making messes in the bathroom erupted.
The suspect and victim started kicking at each other and engaged in a wrestling match which ended with Kintner pinned on his back.
Kintner left the house and went outside to a recreational vehicle parked behind the home where he lives. He returned minutes later armed with a .22-caliber rifle which he began firing at the victim.
Although hit once in the upper stomach, the victim was able to rush Kintner and knock the rifle away. While one roommate called 911, another drove the victim to a hospital.
The suspect was still at the home upon deputies' arrival and was taken into custody. The sheriff's helicopter, Air One, had monitored the home while deputies were still on the way and advised them that they had seen a subject hiding something atop the RV.
Deputies found the still-loaded rifle buried in snow on the roof of the vehicle. They also found three bullet holes in the wall behind the couch where the victim had been seated when shot.
Kintner was driven to the Spokane County Jail and booked on an Attempted Second-Degree Murder charge. The victim was listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon.
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