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Man arrested for allegedly cutting son’s throat

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MOSES LAKE – A Moses Lake man died after his father allegedly cut his throat during a confrontation in Moses Lake over the weekend.

About 8:20 p.m. Saturday night the Moses Lake Police Department received a report of a stabbing in the 1100 block of South Ashley Way. The victim in the stabbing, Dakota Faircloth, 20, of Moses Lake, was located in the garage at the residence with a stab wound to his neck. The suspect, identified as Jeffrey Faircloth, 52, of Moses Lake, was located at the home with a “gash type injury to his forehead,” MLPD Capt. Dave Sands said.

After investigating the incident officers discovered the suspect and victim, who are father and son, had gotten into an argument earlier in the night. Dakota Faircloth allegedly threw an item at Jeffrey Faircloth, which hit him in the forehead and caused the wound. The victim followed his father upstairs when he went to treat the wound and the argument continued. At some point Jeffrey Faircloth reportedly grabbed a knife and told his son he was going to slash the tires on his vehicle.

“A physical altercation erupted ending in the victim being stabbed/cut in the throat. How the wound occurred was disputed at the scene, although the suspect was in possession of the knife at the time,” Sands stated.

Dakota Faircloth was initially transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake for treatment of life-threatening injuries, but was later airlifted to a regional hospital. He died from the wound on Monday. Jeffrey Faircloth was treated at Samaritan for his forehead wound and was later booked into the Grant County Jail for first-degree assault. Faircloth was not formally charged in Grant County Superior Court by prosecutors as of the Columbia Basin Herald’s press time on Monday.

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