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Sirens & Gavels

After scribbling on wall, man allegedly shoots at roommate

A man is accused of shooting at one of his roommates Monday after scribbling phrases on a wall in crayon.

Edward D. Jewell II, 37, is being held in the Spokane County Jail on $10,000 bond on a charge of first-degree assault.

The victim, who was not wounded by the gunfire, told police that Jewell had been acting paranoid lately. Around 1 p.m. Monday he discovered that Jewell had used crayons to write phrases on the walls inside and outside the home in the 1100-block of West Spofford Ave. The writing included the phrases “Meth head,” “kitty porn” and “murder,” according to court documents.

Jewell’s roommate told police that Jewell was upset and “talking gibberish,” so he left to avoid a confrontation. When he returned about 40 minutes later he found the doors locked and another roommate let him in. Soon after, Jewell allegedly fired a shot at the victim, according to court documents.

Another roommate told police that earlier that day he had heard Jewell trying to open his locked bedroom door. When he opened the door Jewell was holding a gun and a large metal sword and “talking nonsense,” court records say

Jewell told police that he believed that the roommate he shot at was having an “inappropriate relationship” with Jewell’s 16-year-old daughter, according to court documents. He also reportedly told officers that he was “emotionally unstable and paranoid in general.”

Nina Culver
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