Investigators look into Spokane murder victim's business dealings



Posted on December 17, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 4:43 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Detectives are digging into the past business deals of a Spokane man, killed in his home Sunday night. Investigators are looking into Douglas Carlile’s business background to determine a possible motive behind his murder.

Carlile, 63, was shot to death Sunday around 7:00 p.m., according to a formal release from the Spokane County Medical Examiner.

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Officers said Carlile and his wife walked into their home near 25th and Garfield to find the alleged gunman inside. Carlile’s wife hid upstairs during the shooting but said she heard six gunshots. The gunman was wearing dark clothing and a mask. Authorities believe the gunman may have left the scene in a white van.

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Officers with the Spokane Police Department and the FBI are investigating the murder.

On Tuesday, authorities asked that Carlile’s former business partners come forward to speak with officers.

Sources close to the investigation told KREM 2 News that Carlile had his hand in several different ventures including the oil industry in North Dakota. Friends of the victim believe it was those business dealings that ultimately led to his murder. Sources said Carlile was threatened just before the shooting. They believe the threat came from a man that Carlile worked with involving the oil industry in North Dakota.

KREM 2 News is not releasing the name of the man invovled in that business venture because police will not confirm whether he is a person of interest.

Sources added that they fear Carlile may have simply known too much about something.

Records shows Carlile had some financial struggles too. He was named as a defendant in six district court cases stretching from 1996 to 2004. The majority involved unpaid taxes and debts according to the court records.
Police are asking for anyone with information on Carlile's business deals to please come forward.