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Party host claims self-defense in shooting

Sun., May 10, 2009, 9:58 p.m.

A 24-year-old man said he was defending himself and his girlfriend when he shot another man early Sunday morning after an altercation at a northwest Spokane home.

Dieter Meyer said he and his 22-year-old girlfriend were hosting a barbecue of about 15 people at their home in the 2500 block of West Courtland Avenue Saturday night and into the early hours Sunday, when a man unknown to him became belligerent.

About 1 a.m. the man began arguing with others about “nothing important” and pulled a knife with a four- to five-inch blade. Meyer, a college student, asked him to leave.

“I kept telling him to stop just like an officer would,” Meyer said. The man went outside, and was on the street, when he “flipped,” Meyer said.

“He came running back toward the house,” wielding the knife. That’s when Meyer, who carries a concealed weapons permit, said he pulled out his .22-calber pocket pistol and shot the man multiple times.

According Spokane Police, the man was recovering at a local hospital. Major crimes detectives are investigating, but provided no additional information.

Meyer said his neighborhood is usually very quiet, and has held similar gatherings with no problems. He called Sunday’s events “unfortunate.”


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