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Backhoe attack severely damages home in western Spokane County

From staff reports

A suspect is facing charges of malicious mischief after allegedly using a backhoe cause extensive damage to the home of a relative.

At around 2 p.m. Friday, sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence, located in the 9200 block of W. Trails Rd., in west Spokane County following reports of domestic violence. They were informed that the suspect, Matthew E. Forsman, 53, had used his backhoe to rip a section off the victim’s residence, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office

They were told that Forsman had become enraged after the victim his his residence with a vehicle, though that appeared to have been accidental.

The victim was not in the residence when it was damaged, and no injuries were reported.

Deputies were told that both Forsman and the victim “have severe tempers and a history of heated arguments but nothing to this extreme,” according to the release.

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