January 2, 2011 in News

Dispute over cat messes leads to gunfire


A north Spokane man is facing an attempted murder charge after an argument over feline cleanliness led to gunfire that sent a roommate to the hospital, authorities said.

Alan Kintner, 55, was booked into Spokane County Jail late Saturday after deputies took him into custody at his home in the 9500 block of Seven Mile Road, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The victim, described only as a 44-year-old man, reportedly was in stable condition after being rushed to a Spokane hospital by another roommate. Deputies were dispatched to the scene about 9:15 p.m.

According to the sheriff’s office, the roommates were watching television when a dispute arose over Kintner’s cats “making messes in the bathroom.” Kintner and one of his roommates began wrestling and kicking at each other, then after getting pinned on his back, Kintner left the house but returned with a .22-caliber rifle and opened fire, the sheriff’s office said.

The victim, despite having a bullet wound to his stomach, charged the gunman and knocked the rifle away, as another roommate called 9-1-1.

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