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WSP investigates shooting at Kettle River Campground

September 16, 2013

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A shooting at Kettle River Campground in Ferry County left one man injured with a gunshot wound and another man in jail, according to Washington State Patrol Detective Ryan Spangler. According to Spangler, the shooting happened when two National Park Service Rangers went to investigate a noise complaint around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. The incident reportedly happened when two rangers responded to the complaint and they attempted to gain access to a houseboat moored at the campground. An altercation ensued with the houseboat owner Mike Sublie.
Rangers used pepper spray and a taser on Sublie, Spangler said Monday afternoon. One shot from one of the ranger’s firearms was fired.
Several individuals were reportedly on the houseboat at the time of the incident, including Casey Hartinger, 43, of Kettle Falls.
Spangler said that he could not comment on the other occupants in the houseboat, but that Hartinger was hit by one round from the discharged firearm and was transported by Medstar air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. At press time, Hartinger was reportedly in satisfactory condition.
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