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Man arrested in South Hill shooting fails to make court appearance

According to the man's counsel, he was not able to make the court date due to medical reasons.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The man arrested for a South Hill shooting last week failed to appear in court this morning.

The court scheduled 65-year-old Gary Cottrill for an arraignment at 9:30 a.m. His counsel told the judge Cottrill was not able to make the court date due to medical reasons. The judge rescheduled the arraignment for one week from today.

The shooting occurred last Wednesday, Jan. 19 after 6 p.m. When police arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.

Cottrill was arrested for first-degree assault and was booked into jail at approximately 2 a.m. on Jan. 20.

According to court documents, neighbors had been dealing with damaged cars and slashed tires for a while.

Several neighbors suspected Cottrill of the damage. They say he was often seen walking his dog through the area. Court documents state he was spotted on a video camera slashing the tires of a vehicle in a driveway.

Court documents add that Cottrill had been confronted by victims of the damage and armed himself with a gun

Documents say when he was confronted again, Cottrill shot the victim.

This is an ongoing news story and we will provide more updates as we receive them.