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Husband accused of attempted murder


A domestic dispute between two cemetery owners erupted in gunfire Sunday near Moses Lake, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

Mark L. Benson, 55, is charged with attempted first-degree murder after his wife, Susan L. Benson, said he fired several rounds, striking her left shoulder, as she fled in her car.

Susan Benson, also 55, remains hospitalized Monday with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to the Sheriff’s Office. She called 911 about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and said she was fleeing her husband after being shot and was going to drive herself to Samaritan Hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said.

She’d been working at the Moses Lake Cemetery, which the couple owns, when Mark Benson arrived and wanted to talk about their pending divorce and whether their marriage could be saved, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Susan Benson said that when she left the cemetery, her husband followed her, firing several shots.

Mark Benson called 911 and was arrested without incident and remains in the Grant County Jail.