Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Tuesday, November 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Rain 44° Rain

Sirens & Gavels suicide archive

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Wallace's alleged accomplice tries suicide

A man accused of helping Charles Wallace, who shot two sheriff’s deputies before shooting himself to death last month, tried to kill himself at the Spokane County Jail on Friday. Robert Lee “Bo” Ruth, 42, who was jailed last week after his girlfriend told police...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

 Ronald Reynolds, left, returns to his seat as his wife, Linda Reynolds, looks on and his son Jonathan Reynolds, right, steps up to speak during a news conference at an attorney's office Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Olympia, Wash. Jonathan and Ronald Reynolds say they did not kill Ronda Reynolds in 1998, disputing the conclusion of an inquest jury. Ronald and Jonathan Reynolds said at the news conference that the accusations against them have been wrecking their lives. An inquest jury last month found the Reynolds men responsible for the death of Ronda Reynolds. The coroner issued arrest warrants for the two men, but the county prosecutor said there's not enough evidence to charge them criminally. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 ( (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson))

'48 Hours' to feature Reynolds case

Ronald Reynolds, left, returns to his seat as his wife, Linda Reynolds, looks on and his son Jonathan Reynolds, right, steps up to speak during a news conference at an attorney's office Nov. 10, 2011, in Olympia. Jonathan and Ronald Reynolds say they did not...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

Police subdue armed man w/ bean bags

Spokane police saved the life of a suicidal man on Sunday who was armed with a knife. The 32-year-old man's family had left the location near 1500 E. Pacific Ave. because they were concerned for their safety, police said. Officers arrived about 7:50 p.m. and...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

Police save Spokane Valley man's life 

Three Spokane Valley police officer saved the life of a suicidal man Wednesday. Officers Griffin Criswell, Wally Loucks and Richard Johnson found the man attempting to hang himself at his Spokane Valley home after the man called 911 and said he wanted to kill himself....

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Officer kills self after being arrested

SEATTLE (AP) — A longtime police officer arrested in a cocaine sting shot himself to death in the Cascade Mountain foothills hours after he was released from jail, the department said Thursday. Richard F. Nelson, a patrolman in South Seattle for the past 21 years,...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2012

New details on chase that led to suicide 

A North Idaho man who killed himself during a police chase was allegedly trying to persuade his wife to drop charges against him. Daniel Joe Zehm, 52, contacted his wife Sondra Zehm on Saturday at their Dalton Gardens home, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011

Spokane police on scene of an attempted murder/suicide at the green house, located in the 3100 block of East 5th Avenue, on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. (Meghann Cuniff / The Spokesman-Review)

Man dead in suicide/attempted murder

A Spokane woman was wounded Monday in a shooting by her ex-boyfriend, who then fatally shot himself, police said. The man’s body was found slumped in a yard outside a home converted into apartments in the 3100 block of East Fifth Avenue, according to the...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

In this photo from Wednesday, July 20, 2011, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, bottom, addresses Bayview residents upset about the police shooting of Kenneth Wade Harding in San Francisco. About 300 people gathered for the meeting which ended early following outbursts from some attendees. New developments into the shooting death of 19-year-old Washington state parolee Kenneth Harding has evolved into a perplexing mystery that may do little to quell tensions between the police and the community that goes back decades. Police said Thursday that they believe Harding fatally shot himself in the neck and the bullet went to his head, a stunning twist after police thought that officers killed him after he allegedly opened fire first. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Noah Berger)  ((AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Noah Berger) )

Dead man's family doubt SF police claims

In this photo from July 20, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, bottom, addresses Bayview residents upset about the police shooting of Washington state parolee Kenneth Wade Harding in San Francisco. About 300 people gathered for the meeting which ended early following outbursts from some...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

San Francisco Police chief Greg Suhr speaks at a news conference next to undated booking photos of Kenneth Harding in San Francisco, Monday, July 18, 2011. Authorities said Harding, 19, was killed Saturday, July 16, 2011, after firing at officers who were trying to cite him for light rail fare evasion. The shooting occurred during a foot chase in the Bayview Hunters Point area. Harding, who had recently been released from Washington state prison, has been identified as a person of interest in the Washington state shooting death of a pregnant woman. ((AP Photo/Jeff Chiu))

Police: Dead murder suspect shot self

San Francisco Police chief Greg Suhr speaks at a news conference next to undated booking photos of Kenneth Harding in San Francisco on July 18. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By TERRY COLLINS,Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A police shooting that stirred community outcry and street...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Charges sought in inmate's drug death

Detectives are seeking a manslaughter charge against a former Spokane County Jail inmate they believe provided prescription drugs used in another inmate's suicide. Ronald F. Edwards, 41, could be charged with delivery of a legend drug and second-degree manslaughter under a charging recommendation sent to...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Apparent suicide at in prison at Connell

CONNELL, Wash. (AP) — Coyote Ridge Corrections Center officials say the death of an inmate found hanging in his cell appears to be a suicide. Spokeswoman Lori Wonders says 26-year-old Michael Araiza was found Saturday and could not be revived by corrections officers and medical...

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Overdose traced back to inmate's pills

A convicted killer who committed suicide at the Spokane County Jail did so using pills prescribed to another inmate. Now detectives are investigating whether the pill provider could be at least partly responsible for the suicide of Christopher H. Devlin, who was found dead in...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011

Man gets 6 months for assisting suicide

A Spokane man was sentenced today to six months in jail for his role in the suicide of a longtime friend who jumped off the Sunset Bridge. Melvin Alephus Gillespie, 41, wept as he apologized to the family of William P. Pickard, (pictured) who died...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011

Police: Man helped friend commit suicide

An acquaintance of a Spokane man who police believe took his own life last summer is now accused of assisting in the suicide. Family members of William P. Pickard, 38, say Melvin Alephus Gillespie, 40, lied to police for months after Pickard’s death, which detectives...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

Suicide suspected in June bridge death

Police now believe a Spokane man found dead and bound with a rope under the Sunset Bridge last June committed suicide. Detectives found a suicide note written by William P. Pickard, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department. The nylon rope used...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011

Ruling changes in ex-trooper's death

A Spokane woman whose daughter's death is the focus of Ann Rule's latest book claimed a victory this week in Lewis County. The manner of death on Cheney High graduate Ronda Reynolds' death certificate will be changed to "undetermined" from "suicide" after Lewis County Coroner...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

Hayden man kills self during traffic stop

A Hayden man died Wednesday after shooting himself in the face during a traffic stop in Dalton Gardens, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. Robert J. Kilborn, 48, was driving a red Chevrolet Blazer when a deputy tried to stop him at 1:45 p.m....

Continue reading this post »


Sheriff: Deaths may both be suicides

The Chattaroy couple found dead in a trailer home Friday tried to commit suicide in mid-October by overdosing on medication, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said. The couple, Warren A. Fugitt, 78, and Harriet A. Fugitt, 72, both died from gunshot wounds...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, DEC. 11, 2010

Murder-suicide suspected in Chattaroy

Detectives are investigating the deaths of an elderly man and woman in Chattaroy as a murder-suicide, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.Their bodies were discovered today in a trailer in the 3100 block of East Chattaroy Road. Both are in their 70s.Fire personnel found...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Peter  Jose ( right ) concentrates on hitting the right note as he works with On Stage to rehearse their upcoming Christmas show Thursday October 26, 2006 in Spokane.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Family of man in river: 'Heartbreaking'

A man found dead in the Spokane River on Sunday had a long history of mental illness and likely committed suicide, family said on Monday. Peter L. Jose, 34, had schizophrenia but regularly skipped his medication and frequently threatened to harm himself, said Mary Lee...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, OCT. 30, 2010

2 dead in Post Falls murder-suicide

Police have identified two people who were found dead inside a Post Falls home Thursday evening. Christina K. Mandriguez, 38, and Jeffrey A. Hayes, 54, each died of a single gunshot wound to the forehead in a homicide/suicide, said Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug....

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

Spokane police have released this photo of an obsidian knife they say Quentin D. Dodd, 50, carried Sunday night, Oct. 24, 2010. Deputy Rustin Olson, who shot and killed Dodd, said the Spokane Valley man held the weapon over his head and made a stabbing motion toward Olson after refusing commands to drop the knife. (Spokane Police Department)

Pic shows weapon in Sunday shooting 

Police on Wednesday released a photo of the weapon deputies say Quentin D. Dodd was carrying when he was shot and killed Sunday night. Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Rustin Olson said Dodd charged at him with the weapon after repeatedly yelling "shoot me," Spokane police...

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010

Man shot by deputy had been suicidal

A man shot and killed by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy on Sunday underwent a mental evaluation after trying to commit suicide last summer. A police report obtained Tuesday said Quentin Donald Dodd, 50, told officers “he was upset with his life and didn’t want...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010

Sheriff: Murder-suicide in Asotin County

CLARKSTON, Wash. (AP) — The Asotin County Sheriff's Office reports two people are dead in a murder-suicide. Officers were sent to a home last night and found 38-year-old Shannon M. McCullough dead from a gunshot wound. Her husband, 45-year-old Craig A. McCullough, was found dead...

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010

Barb Thompson’s daughter, Ronda Reynolds, a former Washington State Patrol trooper, died of a gunshot wound to the head in 1998.  (Dan Pelle)

Ann Rule's new book has Spokane ties

Ronda Reynolds graduated from Cheney High School in 1983 and enjoyed quick success as a State Patrol trooper in Western Washington. But by 1998, her marriage was ending and she eagerly planned a trip to Spokane for Christmas to visit her mother and grandmother. She...

Continue reading this post »

Public safety news from the Inland Northwest and beyond.