Police tied up on other calls when neighbor reported suspicious van




Posted on December 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 4:43 PM

Police records confirm a neighbor called twice to report a suspicious van less than an hour before Doug Carlile’s murder.

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The woman chose not to disclose her identity because she is fearful the suspect saw her.

Records show the woman did not request officer contact when she first called at 6pm on December 15 and told dispatch the van had left. She did request officer response when she called again at 6:45 p.m. to report the vehicle returning according to records.

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Police records indicate the second call was holding, meaning an officer was scheduled to respond. Doug Carlile was shot and killed before an officer responded.

Spokane Police said they had other calls to respond to.  There were two suicide attempts, malicious mischief, a hit-and-run crash, and a suspicious person among others according to officials.

The woman said she understands police are busy but is still devastated by the outcome. 

“He was someone’s father, a grandfather, a husband,” she said.