OKANOGAN, Wash. – Police nationwide are on the lookout for Kino Michael Gomez, the man accused of killing a Black Diamond, Wash., music producer July 17 in Twisp.
A nationwide arrest warrant was issued Sept. 14 for Gomez, 51, after he notified his family he was headed on a one-way trip to the mountains.
He is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Tom Pfaeffle, 49, who had worked with music groups that include Nirvana, The Black Crowes and Heart. Pfaeffle was shot at a Twisp motel after he apparently tried to enter Gomez’s room, thinking it was his own. Gomez posted $100,000 bail and was released July 20. Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan said he was contacted Sept. 15 by defense attorney Michael Haas, who received a letter from Gomez announcing his intention to commit suicide.
“By the time you read this letter, I will be gone,” Gomez wrote in his letter.
He said he took two guns with him and that he would rather be dead than lose his freedom or gun rights. “It will be quick and painless,” he said. “Let no one get in my way – I will not be very kind. Despair has now changed to anger.”
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.