Deer Park murder suspect found with blood on his face



Posted on January 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 6:40 PM

DEER PARK, Wash.--A fatal shooting on Saturday night in Deer Park left 53-year-old Harry Edward Giesbrecht dead. His suspected killer, Richard Klepacki, was charged with First Degree Murder.

The medical examiner's office said Giesbrecht was killed by a gunshot wound to the head.

On Monday, a judge ordered that Klepacki, 61, be held on $500,000 bail. His arraignment was set for January 21.

A witness told investigators that someone had shot Giesbrecht when he answered his door. The witness saw two people running from the scene.

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Deputies found Klepacki hiding at a nearby school. Klepacki was found with blood on his face and clothing but denied ever being at Giesbrecht’s home according to court documents.

Giesbrecht’s brother said he spoke with his Giesbrecht just hours before it happened.

"He's my only brother and some bonehead took him from me,” said his brother.

Family members said they never saw it coming.

"If they wanted something all they had to do was ask. They didn't have to shoot him,” said his brother.

Klepacki is one of two suspects Spokane sheriff’s deputies believe were involved with the shooting and killing.

Giesbrecht and another man were inside watching TV when they heard loud knocks at the door according to an affidavit. Just as Giesbrecht got to the door, it came open and a white male shot one time and took off.

"I came outside running to Ed's and he was on the floor,” said witness Kathy Conrad.

An empty holster was found nearby Klepacki who was hiding away at a middle school.

Detectives said they later discovered Klepacki was at his girlfriend’s house before the killing and then went on a walk. Klepacki denied knowing anyone at Giesbrecht’s apartments.

Klepacki has no prior criminal record. Court documents show witnesses believe the second suspect was between 19 and 25-years-old. Deputies are following leads to figure out who that suspect is.