Tragic Death of Washington Man Slowing Down Traffic for Deer Startles Locals and Raises Concerns

A man from Washington state was tragically killed outside his home after he slowed down traffic to assist a group of deer crossing the road, according to a police report.

The incident occurred on September 7 in Snohomish County. Dan Spaeth, 37, was standing outside his house with his wife when they noticed deer crossing the road. They decided to alert passing drivers about the situation. However, an affidavit of probable cause obtained by The Seattle Times revealed that Spaeth was shot by a driver who was scared by his actions.

Spaeth’s wife called 911 just before 8 p.m. to report the shooting. She heard a loud “pop” and saw her husband lying on the road with a gunshot wound to his chest. Unfortunately, Spaeth died at the scene.

The following day, 22-year-old Dylan Picard was arrested by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in connection to the shooting, as reported by The Washington Post. When questioned by a sergeant, Picard admitted to shooting someone.

Picard explained to investigators that he observed Spaeth yelling at a passing vehicle and hitting it with his hands. This scared Picard, causing him to grab his loaded gun. He fired a shot out of his open passenger window in an attempt to scare Spaeth and the woman accompanying him, but he was unaware that he had hit someone. Picard now faces charges of second-degree murder.

A GoFundMe campaign has been established to support the Spaeth family during this challenging time and in the future.


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