Murder victim's neighbors relieved suspect is in custody



Posted on January 14, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 4:43 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Douglas Carlile was shot in his own home on the South Hill in mid December. People living near the Carlile’s home said they were relieved to hear of an arrest in the case in mid January.

Neighbors said because the shooting was not random, they were not worried about their safety. They said they are relieved for the family.

"I'm really relieved. I'm hoping it would bring the family closure. But it's really sad it had to happen,” one neighbor said.

She said she is reminded every day of the night her neighbor was killed.

"I walk my dog by this house all the time. It's kind of eerie that a happy family used to live here and now it's kind of a scarred house,” said the neighbor.

That neighbor wanted to remain anonymous and said she reported a suspicious van an hour before the shooting. The van matched the description of one in surveillance video. Spokane police believe they found the same van and impounded it Monday, leading them to the suspect.

"I was very relieved, because I was very nervous,” said a different neighbor, Russell Habbestad.

Habbestad vividly remembers what he heard the moment Carlile was killed.

"At the time when this happened I was outside having a cigarette and I heard four bangs and I went back inside,” said Habbestad.

Neighbors said they think their community is still a safe place, but they have been watching out for each other more. They said they are relieved a suspect tied to their neighbor’s murder is off the streets.

"I feel a lot safer knowing that someone is answering for it,” said community member Madeline Uphus.