Man injured in Chattaroy blast has checkered past - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man injured in Chattaroy blast has checkered past

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CHATTAROY, Wash. -

Neighbors who live about a mile down the road from where the explosion occurred said it sounded like someone was hunting in her backyard "Well it sounded just like a gunshot going off a really loud gunshot just real close by," said Peggy Roberts.

According to court documents Lenard Zickefoose was holding a square piece of metal with a copper rod and copper wires running into the piece of metal. Zickefoose allegedly was experimenting with it for "protection" when the homeowner went inside that's when he heard the blast.

According to one woman who said Zickefoose is  "schizophrenic" and had been off his medication for the last two months. Zickefoose blew his hand off and had a hole in his stomach from the explosion. He was airlifted to a local hospital with severe, life-threatening injuries.

KHQ investigated Zickefoose's background and found out that he has had several run-ins with the law. In 1998 in southern Idaho when police tried to arrest him for carrying a gun, he put one of the arresting officers in the hospital with a concussion after a scuffle.

KHQ also found federal court documents that seem to indicate Zickefoose had been involuntarily committed to a mental hospital in Missouri after the court deemed him a threat to people and property.

Zickefoose is still recovering from his injuries at a local area hospital.  As of Tuesday, he was listed in critical condition.

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