Witness: Suspected Spokane killer is "feared"




Posted on January 7, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 5:08 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The man accused of murdering a Spokane man Friday was still recovering in a Portland hospital on Tuesday after shooting himself in the leg.

Brandon Mellon fled Spokane to the Tri-Cities after the murder. Mellon has the word Spokane tattooed on his forehead and the state of Washington on his  cheek.

Police believe Mellon added to Spokane’s violent crime rate.

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Witnesses told police Mellon shot his victim, Arnold Lomasson, in the head while he was playing on the computer.

Bill Day said he knew Lommasson for 20 years. Day was identified in court documents as one of the last people to see Lommasson alive before he was murdered.

“He liked to cook. He liked to ride bikes,” said Day.

Police looked into the possibility that Lommasson may have liked illegal drugs on Tuesday.

Court records show a witness admitted to being involved with meth.

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Day said Mellon is feared.

“He is prison orientated. I can't say much about him because what goes up must come down you know?,” said Day.

Mellon is a ten time convicted felon. His crime of choice appears to be stealing cars and running from police. Court records show Mellon broke his back once in a high speed crash.

Detectives received their warrant to arrest Mellon for First Degree Murder on Tuesday morning.

Mellon allegedly accidentally shot himself in the leg when Pasco officers approached him after the murder. He hit an artery and was still in the hospital Tuesday night.