Suspect in custody for fatal Deer Park shooting



Posted on January 5, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 1:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash—The victim in the Deer Park shooting Saturday died Sunday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Family members identified the victim as 53-year-old Harry Edward Giesbrecht. 

A Spokane County Sheriff's detective said one suspect was in custody Sunday afternoon. They were searching for a second suspect. 

Witnesses told officials there was a loud bang on the door and when Giesbrecht opened the door a man shot him in the head. Deputies said no words were exchanged between the suspects and the victim and two people were seen running from the scene.

Authorities said they located Richard Klepacki, 61, hiding behind bushes at a near by middle school after the shooting. Klepacki was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office responded to Pine Crest Manor at East D Street around 10 p.m. Saturday night after reports of a shooting. 

A helicopter flew over the scene for about an hour and the Sheriff’s Office began a K9 search for the suspect according to police.  A KREM 2 viewer from Deer Park reported deputies searched a nearby cemetery as well.

"I heard a loud noise and looked out the window. I saw two guys leaving,” said witness Kathy Conrad.

Conrad did not want to believe what she saw. 

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

Conrad said her and the victim were long time friends and neighbors. 

"He'd do anything for anybody. He was wonderful,” said Conrad. 

Witnesses said two men knocked on the door and then shot the victim. 

Investigators said a motive was unclear.

A pastor and friend of Giesbrecht stayed at the hospital after the shooting with him. 

"I was going ‘No, no this can't be. Why would anybody shoot Ed?’ He was harmless,” said Pastor Brad Swerin.

Friends said Giesbrecht was well known around Deer Park and was collecting guns to make money for his children. 

"It's like a gold mine over there. They were for his kids. He was building an inheritance for his children,” said Swerin. 

Friends said Giesbrecht was often seen walking his dog through the neighborhoods and would stop to chat with neighbors. 

Swerin said he was very involved in his church and often volunteered for Faith Alive Ministries. 

"Everything we had, he was here. He was always here for me,” said Swerin.

Friends and family said he was taken too soon. 

"He would just make you feel good about who you were when you met him,” said Swerin. 

Giesbrecht left behind two daughters and a grandchild. His church will have a celebration of his life on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.