Shooting Leaves 1 Dead In Okanogan County - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Shooting Leaves 1 Dead In Okanogan County

Posted: Updated:
Jesus Vela-Duarte Jesus Vela-Duarte

PRESS RELEASE FROM OKANOGAN COUNTY: On 02-20-14 at around 3:45 PM Okanogan County Deputies and emergency personnel responded to a shooting south of Malott near the Chiliwist Road. When Deputies arrived on scene they discovered the body of one Hispanic male who had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation to this point showed that the victim had just arrived here in Okanogan County yesterday from California. The victim had family ties to the shooter and his family who are living in Okanogan County. According to statements obtained yesterday, the family was afraid of the victim and was not sure what he was going to do.

Jesus Vela-Duarte, 31 of Brewster was called by his wife who said that she thought she saw the victim driving by their house near Malott. Duarte apparently went home and retrieved a weapon and then was heading to Brewster to pick up a child, when he saw the victim parked along the road on old Hwy 97 near the Chiliwist Road.

Duarte stopped and confronted the victim and according to a witness at the scene, Duarte then pulled out a pistol and shot the victim two or three times. The victim died at the scene from the gunshots.

Duarte then drove back to his home in Malott, put the gun away and called 911 to report the shooting. Duarte told Deputies he was at his home and would be waiting for them. Deputies arrived and picked up Duarte without incident.

The victim’s body was located and the crime scene was proceeded last night. Old Hwy 97 south of Malott was closed while the scene was proceeded by the Okanogan Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. The road was reopened at around 10:30 PM.

Duarte was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked for Murder in the Second Degree. The victim’s name is not being released at this time, pending notification of his family in Mexico.

The investigation is still on going.

Additional information on the shooting.

The victim in the case is Antonio Naranjo-Menchaca, 38 of Omak and California. Menchaca was the ex-brother-in-law of Duarte. Menchaca has lived on and off in Okanogan County for several years. He had been recently living in California for several years and had returned back to Okanogan County on 02-19-14.

The family was afraid of Menchaca and apparently Duarte had already contacted Menchaca when he returned and told him to stay away from his family. When Duarte saw Menchaca drive by their house in Malott again yesterday he followed them down to the Chiliwist Road and that is where the confrontation took place. Detectives are still conducting interviews today to determining what led up to the shooting.

An autopsy for Menchaca will be performed on Monday.


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    10 Cheapest Houses For Sale In Spokane

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 2:35 AM EST2013-11-27 07:35:08 GMT
    Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Whether you are in the market for an affordable place to live or are in the business of flipping houses, here are the 10 cheapest homes for sale in Spokane according to AllSpokaneHomes.com. Yes, they all need some work and some need a lot more than others, but when your mortgage payment is around the $200/month range there's at least something to stay positive about.>>
  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.>>
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.>>
  • Do you know this person? Suspect still at large in Jitterz coffee stand robbery

    Do you know this person? Suspect still at large in Jitterz coffee stand robbery

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:14:57 GMT
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives and the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force are continuing to investigate the Robbery of The Jitterz coffee stand in the 2800 block of Government Way. The suspect is described as a white male, early 20’s, 5’08”-5’09”, very skinny build, white T-shirt, blue jean shorts.>>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives and the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force are continuing to investigate the Robbery of The Jitterz coffee stand in the 2800 block of Government Way. The suspect is described as a white male, early 20’s, 5’08”-5’09”, very skinny build, white T-shirt, blue jean shorts.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Severe thunderstorms roll through the Inland Northwest

    PHOTOS: Severe thunderstorms roll through the Inland Northwest

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:44:35 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |>>
  • House without power catches fire due to candle

    House without power catches fire due to candle

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:11:09 GMT
    KHQ.COM - There was heavy smoke hovering in the air this morning above Greenwood Avenue when firefighters responded to a structure fire at 5033 N. Greenwood around 3:30am. According to neighbors, a man lived in the basement of the home and a couple lived on the upper level.>>
    KHQ.COM - There was heavy smoke hovering in the air this morning above Greenwood Avenue when firefighters responded to a structure fire at 5033 N. Greenwood around 3:30am. According to neighbors, a man lived in the basement of the home and a couple lived on the upper level.>>
  • Storm damages RVs near Silverwood

    Storm damages RVs near Silverwood

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:52 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:52:53 GMT
    ATHOL, Idaho - The storm that ripped through the Inland Northwest on Wednesday not only interrupted the fun at Silverwood Theme Park for a while, it also did some major damage to Silverwood's RV park across Highway 95. >>
    ATHOL, Idaho - The storm that ripped through the Inland Northwest on Wednesday not only interrupted the fun at Silverwood Theme Park for a while, it also did some major damage to Silverwood's RV park across Highway 95. Several RVs and cars were damaged due to falling branches and trees. Only one injury was reported, and it was a very minor knee injury.Multiple crews were called into to remove the downed trees. >>