SPOKANE, Wash.-- A Spokane woman told KREM 2 News on Wednesday that she was not trading sex, food stamps, and a Blu-ray player for drugs just before someone shot her boyfriend to death. She called claims made by police “ludicrous.”
Brandon J. Compogno, 30, died October 8th when he was shot multiple times according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner who listed the cause of death as a “homicide.” Compogno was fatally shot near Sinto and Napa.
Authorities questioned and released the suspect Wednesday afternoon. Court documents identified the suspect as Joseph “Sebastian” Buskirk.
The suspect claimed he shot Compogno in self-defense according to authorities. Buskirk told detectives that he went to sell Compogno's girlfriend, Heidi Elliot, roxy pills in exchange for sex, food stamps and a Blu-ray player. Buskirk said he met Elliot at Deja Vu according to court records. He told authorities that she and Buskirk planned to have sex before things got deadly. Buskirk admitted to firing between three and six shots when Compogno threatened to "blow his brains out."
On Wednesday, Elliot said police have it all wrong. She called the shooting “murder.” She also said she is shocked Buskirk is not in jail. He was released because officers believe the shooting was self-defense.
“They are treating me like I'm the one who did something wrong, the way they searched my house, cut holes in my couch,” said Elliot.
The victim’s girlfriend said losing the love of her life is hard enough, but she added that Buskirk’s claims make it hard. Elliot accused Buskirk of spreading lies about her to police.
She claimed the lies began with why Buskirk said he was at her home in the first place. Court documents stated that Buskirk claimed he went to the house to give Elliot pills.
“He came over here for a Blu-ray player and that was it,” said Elliot. “We never even talked about having sex.”
Elliot said Compogno confronted Buskirk when he came home and saw him in his house. The two shoved each other, and she walked away according to Elliot.
“I heard Brandon saying ‘get out of here, run, go.’ Then I heard six gunshots,” recounted Elliot. “Then he came back here after he shot him. I was holding Brandon's head telling him to breathe. Sebastian came running up kicked his leg asking for his phone.”
Police told KREM 2 News they believe Compogno was robbing Buskirk when things got deadly. They said injuries on Buskirk backed up his self-defense claim. Yet, Elliot believes Buskirk is just manipulating detectives.
“I feel like he's planned this in his head if something like this ever happened,” she added, or when he ran off, he planned what to say to make himself look like a victim.”
Buskirk admitted to police that he was a drug dealer.
Detectives said the case is far from closed and charges for homicide, and drugs are still possible.