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Couple killed during row about shoveling had been dumping snow into neighbor’s yard

Man, 47, shoots Pennsylvania couple dead with handgun AND AR-15-style rifle during argument about them shoveling snow into his yard – before turning gun on himself

  • Pennsylvania prosecutors ruled Monday’s triple shooting in Plains Township a murder-suicide and closed the case 
  • They said Jeffrey Spaide, 47, used two firearms to shoot and kill his across-the street neighbors, James Goy, 50, and Lisa Goy, 48, before committing suicide 
  • Violence broke out during heated argument about snow removal 
  • Prosecutors say Goys had been dumping snow in Spaide’s yard, and when he asked them to stop, couple began yelling obscenities at him 
  • James Goy was said to have shown Spaide his fist, made threats and rude gestures at the neighbor 
  • Spaide went into the house, came out with a gun and shot the Goys, then retrieved AR-15-style rifle and fired more rounds in the street 
  • Spaide fatally shot himself inside his house as police arrived on the scene  

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have officially ruled a deadly triple shooting sparked by an argument about snow shoveling a murder-suicide, revealing that the victims had been dumping snow into their neighbor’s yard, hurling threats and calling him names before he opened fire on them.   

The violent incident took place the height of Monday’s Nor’easter in Plains Township in the suburbs of Scranton, claiming the lives of James Goy, 50, his wife, 48-year-old Lisa Goy, and their neighbor, Jeffrey Spaide, 47.

According to the local authorities, Spaide shot and killed the Goys using two different weapons following a heated argument over snow removal.

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Authorities in Pennsylvania have closed the case concerning a double-murder suicide involving neighbors in Plains Township that took place on Monday 

James and Lisa Goy were shot dead by their neighbor Jeffrey Spaide after a heated argument over snow removal at the height of Monday's Nor'easter

James and Lisa Goy were shot dead by their neighbor Jeffrey Spaide after a heated argument over snow removal at the height of Monday’s Nor’easter 

Spaide then took his own life as police responded to the scene on West Bergh Street at 9am on Monday.

On Tuesday, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said she has reviewed the case and will direct the investigation to be closed, reported Citizens Voice.

According to prosecutors, witness accounts and surveillance video showed that the Goys and Spaide, who had a history of disputes, clashed on Monday while removing snow from their respective properties directly across the street from one another.

As the Goys were clearing their cars, they pushed the snow across the street and dumped it onto Spaide’s property, according to prosecutors.

Spaide asked the pair to stop, which allegedly prompted James Goy to throw aside the tool he was using to clear his car, walk up to his neighbor in the street and make a fist at him.

Officials say the Goys had been dumping snow on Spaide's property, yelling obscenities and threats before he came out of his house with a pistol and shot them

Officials say the Goys had been dumping snow on Spaide’s property, yelling obscenities and threats before he came out of his house with a pistol and shot them 

Spaide, 47, turned the gun on himself as police arrived on the scene in response to 911 calls

Spaide, 47, turned the gun on himself as police arrived on the scene in response to 911 calls 

The incident took place in the middle of the street between the gunman and victims' houses

The incident took place in the middle of the street between the gunman and victims’ houses 

Lisa and James Goy's home (left) is directly across the street from Jeffrey Spaide's (right)

Lisa and James Goy’s home (left) is directly across the street from Jeffrey Spaide’s (right)

Spaide went back into his house as the Goys proceeded to yell threats and obscenities at their neighbor, prosecutors said. 

Moments later, Spaide emerged from his residence holding a pistol, but the Goys continued calling him names and making rude gestures at him.

Prosecutors said that James and Lisa initially did not react when Spaide opened fire on them. He fired multiple rounds from close range, striking both victims. 

The gunman then went back into his house to get an AR-15-style rifle, which he used to shoot his neighbors, killing both in the middle of the street.

Spaide then retreated into his home, paced back and forth in front of a window, then shot himself to death as the first police units responded to the scene.

Police said a total of 15 to 20 shots were fired during the confrontation. 

The Goys had a 15-year-old son with autism who is now staying with his grandparents. 

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