UPDATE: Victim Identified In Trailer Park Homicide - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Victim Identified In Trailer Park Homicide

RATHDRUM, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is continuing their investigation into the stabbing death of the 22-year-old man that occurred Friday night at 2215 E. Highway 53, #9.

The victim has been identified as Brandon S. DeLuca, 22 of Rathdrum.

The stabbing occurred after a physical confrontation between DeLuca and his girlfriend's father, Scott A. Johnson, 47, also of Rathdrum.

Initially, Johnson was taken into custody at the scene after he admitted to stabbing DeLuca after DeLuca lunged at him at the rear of the trailer.  Subsequent investigation at the scene and interviews with witnesses and Johnson, himself, caused investigators to release Johnson as the evidence indicates that Johnson acted in self defense.

Once the investigation is finalized, it will be submitted to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office for any possible final charging decisions.

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RATHDRUM, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating a stabbing homicide that occurred Friday evening at Prairie Schooner Estates at 2215 W. Highway 53, near Rathdrum.

Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call at 7:55 p.m. that a man had been stabbed in trailer #9 and had fled to trailer #15 where he had collapsed.  People on scene attempted to perform first aid and CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived.  The 22-year-old male victim was pronounced dead at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene.

Initial investigation indicates that the incident began as a verbal argument between the victim and his 23-year-old girlfriend.  When the girl's father intervened, a fight erupted between the victim and the father.  After a few moments, the fight broke up and the father fled to the other end of the mobile home, followed by the victim.  Initial information indicates that the victim lunged at the father and was stabbed once in the upper torso. 

When deputies first arrived, the father, Scott A. Johnson, 47 of Rathdrum, came to deputies telling them that he had stabbed the victim.  He was taken into custody without incident.

Johnson was taken to the Kootenai County Jail where he will be booked on a charge of murder.  Investigators will continue the investigation throughout the night and final charging decisions will be made by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Monday.

A booking mug shot of Johnson will be released as soon as it is available.  The name of the victim will be released after next of kin have all been notified.

 

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