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Man killed near Bickleton


Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting near Bickleton Sunday that left one man dead.

Deputies responded at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to a location about two miles north of Bickleton, on Jenson Quarry Road.

After arriving on the scene, deputies identified the gunshot victim to be John Roger Swigart, age 59, showing an address of 503 E. Washington Street, Pasco, Washington.

The suspect was identified as Mark Lessly Allen, age 61, showing an address of 150 Addison Road, Roosevelt, Washington.

Allen was taken into custody without incident and is being housed in the Klickitat County Jail pending further investigation.

At this point it appears there was a physical disagreement between the victim, Swigart, and the suspect, Allen, which resulted in the gunshot death of Swigart.

The sheriff’s office stated, “This is an on-going investigation, and there will be no further press releases until the death investigation is completed and submitted to the Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine charges.”


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