SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A man appeared in court the morning after investigators said he shot another man in the chin. The shooting happened near South Conifer and East Cimmaron Drive at 7 p.m. Thursday.
According to court documents, John Payne, 60, shot the male victim in the face at the home of his ex-girlfriend and then yelled “you’re next” in the woman’s direction. She claimed to have heard the gun click but did not remember if the suspect actually pulled the trigger. The court documents also said Payne underwent back surgery at the beginning of the year, and ever since had been "controlling" of his female friend. The woman claimed the man Payne allegedly shot was her new boyfriend.
Bond was set for Payne at $250,000 Friday.
Payne was arrested early Friday in a wooded area near South Dishman Mica and South Bowdish Roads. Earlier Thursday evening when deputies arrived at the scene of the shooting, they found the shooting victim alert and conscious with a gunshot wound to the chin. The victim’s injuries were serious but did not appear to be life threatening.
Jeffrey Sheffield said he heard the shot and walked out onto his back porch to see what was going on.
“[The suspect] got on his motorcycle very calmly started it up and drove off down the road.”
Sheffield also said Payne had been terrorizing the neighborhood for months.
“This is what - He should have been in jail,” Sheffield said. “He never should have been out to be able to do this. He has a long history of different stuff.”
During Payne’s arrest, deputies said they found a weapon. Payne faces First Degree Attempted Murder charges.