Police go door-to-door in Rockwood neighborhood

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 4:43 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police officers were going door-to-door in the Rockwood area Thursday, hoping to make residents feel safe following a nearby murder.

The officers handed out crime prevention flyers to homeowners.  Officers said they wanted to reassure people of police presence in their neighborhoods.

WATCH: footprints found in mud behind murder scene

A nearby homeowner was killed Sunday night in his home at 25th and Garfield. Officers found Douglas Carlile, 63,  shot to death in his kitchen.

Court documents said police arrived to find fresh footprints in the mud behind the home. However a police K9 was not successful in tracking the suspect. Police also found the backdoor of the home open. The victim’s wife was hiding upstairs in a closet according to authorities.

Investigators believe the gunman was waiting inside the home when Carlile and his wife came inside. His wife said there was a kitchen light on when they walked inside the house, but that she did not see anything out of the ordinary.

Meanwhile, sources told KREM 2 News those close to the victim have urged detectives to investigate the man Carlile did business with in North Dakota.  Sources said Carlile's life was threatened days prior to his murder and it all involved that business partner.

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