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Posted on: September 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Argument Escalates: Shooting in Valley Business Parking Lot


Argument Escalates: Shooting in Valley Business Parking Lot


Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives charged 42 year-old Chad A. Dobson with two counts of Assault 1st Degree after an argument escalated. 

On September 20, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a reported shooting in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings located at 14702 E. Indiana in Spokane Valley.  Information was received the victim and suspect were both calling in and still on scene. 

Arriving deputies immediately detained Dobson who was cooperative.  The 37 year-old male victim, who was bleeding heavily from his hand was provided medical attention. 

Due to the seriousness of the incident, Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene. 

Information received during interviews with the witnesses and the parties involved revealed Dobson and the victim are friends and agreed to meet at Buffalo Wild Wings. Dobson was upset with the victim and wanted to talk to him about his treatment of victim’s soon to be ex-wife during their divorce.

The victim received a ride to the location from a mutual friend (43 year-old adult male) who waited in the vehicle while the victim met Dobson inside the bar of the business.  An argument ensued and both were asked to leave the business.  Once in the parking lot, Dobson noticed their mutual friend waiting for the victim.  Dobson became angry and began threatening both of them.  During the argument, Dobson pulled out a handgun, struck the mutual friend in the head several times with the butt of the gun and pointed at his head telling him to leave which he did. 

Dobson then turned his attention back to the victim.  He began to approach the victim with the handgun raised and pointed at him.  The victim raised his hand to block the gun as Dobson fired striking the victim in the hand.  The victim ran back inside the business and called 9-1-1. 

Dobson remained in the parking lot and called 9-1-1. 

Dobson was booked into the Spokane County Jail for two counts of Assault 1st Degree with a firearm.

The shooting victim was transported for a local hospital for treatment.  The victim who was struck also received medical attention for minor injuries. 

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