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UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Witnesses back up landlady who shot and killed drunken man who brandished club. But she remained in jail.

Henry E. Haley succumbed to a gunshot wound he received two days earlier at the Thorslund hotel, 226 W. Riverside Ave.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

So-called ‘murder insurance’ policies backed by the NRA for self-defense shootings deemed illegal in Washington

Insurance coverage backed by the NRA that would assist gun owners who later claimed self-defense in a shooting may no longer be sold in Washington state, regulators announced Tuesday. The …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 2:45 p.m.

Northern Idaho man cites self-defense in fatal Post Falls shooting

Bond will remain at $100,000 for a 41-year-old northern Idaho man who said he shot and killed another man in self-defense.


100 years ago in Colville: Jury acquits woman who shot and killed father and son while holding her baby

A Colville jury took only 20 minutes to acquit Margaret Hanshaw, 17, who was accused of shooting two neighbors to death – all while holding her baby in her arms. …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Oregon hunter fatally shoots wolf; claims self-defense

Oregon State Police say an elk hunter alerted the agency that he killed a wolf in self-defense, after initially believing he shot a coyote.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 9:48 a.m.

Prosecutors: Idaho man acted in self-defense in shooting

Authorities in south-central Idaho say a man who shot and killed another man acted in self-defense and will not face homicide charges.


100 years ago in Spokane: Jury convicts former sheriff’s deputy of murder

Charles A. Palmer, a former Spokane County deputy and former justice of the peace, now had a new title: convicted murderer. A Spokane jury convicted him of second-degree murder. The …


Charge dropped against Coulee City teen in death of twin

With evidence pointing toward self-defense, the Grant County Prosecutor’s Office decided to not prosecute a Coulee City teenager who stabbed and killed his twin brother.


Robert Smith: Misconceptions surround self-defense cases

Even if we don’t carry a gun, at the least we may want to understand why cases sometimes end up with a verdict that may not make sense to us.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane juries keep showing a loose definition of self-defense

Is there any kind of vigilante shooting-in-the-back that a Spokane jury won’t bless with a not-guilty verdict?


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Spokane jury acquits man who claimed self-defense in East Central killing

A Spokane jury on Thursday acquitted a man who shot and killed another man in East Central Spokane in 2015 in a case that boiled down to self-defense.


Millennials take aim at hunting, shooting

They’re “indoorsmen” quick with a hash-tag quip and safely anonymous snark, demanding instant gratification, high pay and comfortable lifestyle.


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

Woman claims self-defense in South Hill face stabbing

Court documents identify the woman accused of stabbing a neighbor in the face Saturday evening on Spokane’s South Hill. Rebekah M. Forsman, 35, faces a first-degree assault charge in connection …


911 call: Couple feared man on their porch would break down the door before shooting

The wife of a man who shot a neighbor through the storm door of the couple’s home earlier this year in north Spokane was on the phone with a 911 …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago In a remote area north of Sandpoint, O.C. Henry entered the cabin of W.B. Mabie and was acting rowdy.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Miss Corrine Warner was playing the piano in her home on South Arthur Street when she suddenly heard a chilling noise.


Gerlach attorneys argue for nearly $330,000 in state reimbursement

Months of preparation and hours of testimony in the high-profile manslaughter trial of Gail Gerlach were converted to dollars and cents Friday as attorneys argued how much the state should …


Attorneys closer to choosing jury in Gerlach’s manslaughter trial

The list of possible jurors in Gail Gerlach’s manslaughter trial shrank Monday as attorneys weeded out people with strong opinions in a widely publicized case that touches on self-defense and …


Grandmother detains intruder at gunpoint

Sandra Mize has a motto: “You don’t get do-overs.” That’s why the 63-year-old grandmother of 10 keeps a gun by her bed, a canister of mace in her living room, …


Legal questions surround shooting of car thief

Legal experts generally agree Washington state law prohibits opening fire on someone stealing your car. But as the investigation into last week’s fatal shooting of an auto thief in north …


Clark: We’ve seen this shooting defense here before

I own a pistol for protection. Got a rifle, a couple of shotguns and plenty of ammo, too.


Police ID man who shot car thief; no weapon found

The man who shot a car thief Monday is 56-year-old Gail Gerlach, according to a search warrant filed Wednesday.


Family calls shooting of car thief ‘senseless’

A homeowner shot a car thief in the head, killing him as he drove away in a stolen Chevrolet Suburban on Monday morning. The violence has ignited debate about property …


Vestal: Killed car thief never got his chance at justice

Does self-defense extend to your SUV? And if it does, let me pose another question: Is it just car theft that good guys with guns can punish? Or could I, …


Bill curbing self-defense pulled back

OLYMPIA – A Washington state lawmaker withdrew a bill to limit self-defense rights after saying she received threats by telephone and email that have made her fear for her life. …


Minn. man kills two teenagers following break-in

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — A Minnesota homeowner who shot two teenagers in the midst of an apparent Thanksgiving Day break-in told authorities he feared they had a weapon, but acknowledged …


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2012, 7:28 p.m.

Homeowner in fatal shooting cleared; 911 call released

A Newman Lake homeowner did nothing wrong when he shot his girlfriend’s ex to death after being threatened by him with guns last month, prosecutors say.


Man shoots, kills armed intruder

Doug Snarski knew someone was going to die when he realized his girlfriend’s ex was inside their home early Sunday. The intruder, Sean Parsons, was armed with a shotgun, a …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2012, 6:45 p.m.

In exchange of gunfire, homeowner kills intruder

Doug Snarski knew someone was going to die when he realized his girlfriend’s ex was inside their home early Sunday.


Self-defense laws in Washington, Idaho differ from Florida’s

OLYMPIA – In Washington and Idaho, there is no statute that gives anyone the right to “stand your ground” and use deadly force in public when faced with a perceived …