SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police said a long standing feud boiled over Tuesday night in Browne’s Addition and led to a shooting. A fight over work gloves left one man with a gunshot wound and another sitting in jail.
Justin Werle, 28, faced a Spokane judge on Wednesday accused of shooting Zachary Bergstrom. Werle has been charged with first-degree assault. The judge set Werle’s bond at $500,000 for the shooting at the Pacific Terrace Apartments.
A witness said he saw Werle and the victim shoving each other and then heard the gunshot.
“I was sitting in my bedroom and I heard a gun shot go off, before that, I heard the arguing, and I heard the gun shot go off,” said neighbor Marie Pfefferly.
The shooting forced police to shutdown streets near Pacific and Hemlock around 6:00 p.m. while their searched for the suspect. Officers arrested Werle a few hours later near 13th and Coeur d’Alene.
Court documents described the fight which escalated to the stabbing. Werle’s roommate told authorities that the victim and suspect got into a fight on Monday night. The roommate claimed Bergstrom pulled a knife on Werle during the argument. Documents showed that the two men argued over a single work glove which was missing.
Authorities said the argument resumed on Tuesday. Bergstrom was getting into his truck when Werle yanked the driver’s door open according to documents. Witnesses told authorities that the two men then got into a shoving match. Authorities said that is when Werle pulled a handgun, fired one shot, and hit Bergstrom’s neck.
Court records said the victim ran to the apartment manager’s office and called 911.
“It's kind of scary, but wherever you live anymore it seems to be that. I don’t know what's going on with this world, but it's got to get better,” said Pfefferly.
Investigators said Bergstrom recently began working at the Pacific Terrace Apartments. Court documents showed Werle has eight felony convictions. He is legally not allowed to carry a gun. Authorities said he bought a firearm recently at a local motel.