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Deadly Shooting: Court Docs Reveal Strained Relationship Between Brothers Involved

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - On Tuesday night 22 year old Ryan Ames was arrested in connection to the murder of his half-brother David McCarthy outside of Ames' parents Spokane Valley home. According to court documents Ames told detectives that McCarthy had threatened him in the past. Documents also say Ames admitted to Spokane Sheriff's dispatch that he "Shot his brother with a 20 gauge shotgun from 4 feet away."
 
Court documents detail an alleged rocky and abusive relationship between Ames and McCarthy of the years. Ames told detectives that when Ames was between the ages of 10-15, McCarthy had assaulted several family members and threatened to "cut Ryans throat". According to court documents McCarthy and another man pulled up to Ames parents home in a vehicle. After a brief exchange Ames told investigators he went inside to get a gun. When he came out of the home the vehicle and McCarthy were gone, but soon appeared again. Ames told investigators that he told McCarthy he had a gun and told McCarthy he was not allowed on the property.
 
Court documents say McCarthy challenged Ames asking "if he was going to shoot" him. Court documents say that's when McCarthy walked on to the property saying something like "Ryan was not going to shoot him" according to court documents." Ames told detectives that's when he pointed the gun and shot one time striking McCarthy.
 
KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus also spoke to Richard Ames the father of Ryan Ames. He says Ryan is "A good kid. We " as parents "have had a lot of compliments about our son.". Ames echoed some of the things described in court documents saying that McCarthy was in fact abusive to his son Ryan Ames and his family. Ames and McCarthy were half brothers and about 10 years apart according to Richard Ames. Ames is charged with second degree murder and will have his first appearance in court Friday.
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