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Shooting suspect, released on bail, flees

OKANOGAN, Wash. – Police nationwide are on the lookout for Kino Michael Gomez, the man accused of killing a Black Diamond, Wash., music producer July 17 in Twisp.

A nationwide arrest warrant was issued Sept. 14 for Gomez, 51, after he notified his family he was headed on a one-way trip to the mountains.

He is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Tom Pfaeffle, 49, who had worked with music groups that include Nirvana, The Black Crowes and Heart. Pfaeffle was shot at a Twisp motel after he apparently tried to enter Gomez’s room, thinking it was his own. Gomez posted $100,000 bail and was released July 20. Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan said he was contacted Sept. 15 by defense attorney Michael Haas, who received a letter from Gomez announcing his intention to commit suicide.

“By the time you read this letter, I will be gone,” Gomez wrote in his letter.

He said he took two guns with him and that he would rather be dead than lose his freedom or gun rights. “It will be quick and painless,” he said. “Let no one get in my way – I will not be very kind. Despair has now changed to anger.”