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Deer Park killing was seen, witnesses say; man arrested

A Deer Park man was shot to death at point-blank range after answering his apartment door Saturday night, according to witnesses.

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested Richard Klepacki, 61, hiding in the alcove of a middle school near the apartment at 204 E. D St.

Investigators say Klepacki and another man tried to break their way into the apartment where Harry “Ed” Giesbrecht was watching TV, then shot him once in the head before running away.

The shooter and the victim didn’t speak to each other before the gun was fired, a witness said.

Giesbrecht was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he died early Sunday, according to court documents. An official cause of death has not been released by the Spokane County Medical Examiner.

Another man inside the apartment described the shooter as a white man, wearing a dark hoodie and a blue-and-white handkerchief covering his face. Deputies discovered Klepacki at the school wearing clothing matching the eyewitness description and found a gun holster hidden in juniper bushes. Deputies noted the holster was not covered in frost, despite the cold temperatures, according to court documents.

Klepacki’s face was covered in streaks of fresh blood, according to investigators. He denied knowledge of the holster and said he didn’t own a handgun. He also denied visiting the D Street address.

Klepacki was booked into Spokane County Jail around 8 a.m. Sunday, just a few hours after Giesbrecht was pronounced dead. He appeared in court Monday afternoon on charges of first-degree murder, where prosecutors requested bond of a half-million dollars.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said the case remains under investigation.

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