OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. -- A man under arrest for First Degree Murder told investigators the victim stabbed him first, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.
Rogers said his investigators determined Don Moore, 65, of Riverside, Washington shot Bruce Maloney, 55, also of Riverside, until he ran out of bullets, then stabbed Maloney several times. Most of the wounds to Maloney were in the back, according to Rogers.
Deputies responded to a home on Foggy River Loop Rd., north of Riverside, at about 4:15 pm Saturday. Moore reported a theft earlier in the day, and went to confront Maloney about a clutch missing from one of his vehicles, according to Rogers.
Moore claimed Maloney stabbed him first. After he shot and stabbed Maloney, Moore tried to drive away from the scene with a wound to the abdomen, but ran off the edge of the driveway and slid down an embankment, according to Rogers. The sheriff said Moore called dispatch to report the incident and was still on scene when deputies arrived.
It is the third murder this year in Okanogan County, according to Rogers.