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Court documents offer more details on Pullman homicide

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24-year-old Erik Luden. Photo: Pullman Police Department 24-year-old Erik Luden. Photo: Pullman Police Department
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PULLMAN, Wash. - A man accused of killing his father at a Pullman apartment over the weekend told a 911 dispatcher he hit his father in the head after the older man attacked him with a knife.


According to court documents, Erik Luden called 911 and told the dispatcher that he hit his father, Virgil Luden, in the head with a kitchen pot after Virgil Luden attacked him with a knife. "I hit him with a pot in the head, a kitchen pot," the younger Luden told the dispatcher, according to the report. 


The report says Erik Luden stayed on the phone with the dispatcher while he may have attempted CPR on his father, but the report says it's unclear if 24-year-old Luden actually performed CPR on his father.


When police arrived at the C Street Apartments, one officer identified in the documents as Officer Shane Emerson, says in the report that he was the first officer to arrive at the apartment and saw Erik Luden standing over a motionless body, and that he also saw a steel kitchen pot near Virgil Luden's head and a butter knife near his left hand.


The documents say other officers on the scene, as well as medics who arrived later, attempted to revive Virgil Luden, but were unsuccessful.


The documents also say Erik Luden was taken to the hospital for a broken hand and lacerations on his arm that staff at the hospital described as "self-inflicted." The documents state that Erik Luden sustained injuries that "appear to coincide with a physical altercation." But they also say further forensic analysis will be necessary to detail injuries and cause of death. 


Erik Luden is currently being held without bail in Whitman County Jail on a charge of first degree murder. 

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