Fatal shooting is hard to swallow for small Washtucna community


by KREM.com


Posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 7:04 PM

ADAMS COUNTY, Wash. -- A 70-year-old man was shot and killed near Washtucna late Tuesday night.

Deputies responded to a call of a shooting on Austin Road, two miles north of Washtucna, around 11:30 p.m. according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived, they said they found a man identified as Ronnie Dick, 70, dead at the scene from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators said the shooting suspect, Larry Turner, 60, was taken into custody at the scene after a short stand-off. 

Members of the Washington State Crime Lab joined the sheriff’s office and spent hours investigating the crime scene Wednesday. The sheriff’s office and prosecutor did not release many details about the shooting.

A farmer who worked nearby said the shooting was unusual for the community.

“It’s quite a shock for these small communities to hear that you have gunshots and you’ve got a fatality due to guns,” said farmer Brian Dainty. “In these small towns that doesn’t happen very often.”

Dainty said the suspected shooter and victim were neighbors of his who had known each other.

“I didn’t know either of them had any major issues with each other,” he said. “They deal with each other frequently.”

Dainty wondered what led to the shooting in the first place.

“We don’t know what to think,” he said. “We don’t want to assume. We just know that we lost one of our members in the community and that alone is hard to swallow.”

Dainty said not having answers would be hard on the small community.