PA Snow Dispute
The PA Snow Dispute is the incident that took place in the state of Pennsylvania, where a man killed a couple and committed suicide over a snow removal dispute. The gunman in the video was named Jeffrey Spaide, and the victims were identified as James Goy and his wife, Lisa Goy. A recording of the incident was publicized through many sources, with a 3-minute-long video uploaded on the site Reddit.
The video (off-screen) shows the Goys shoveling snow from their parking spots and throwing it onto Spaide's property. Spaide asks that the couple stop shoveling snow on his property, to which the couple responds by insulting him, with James Goy threatening to beat him up. After a minute, he runs into his garage to get his pistol; the man fires several rounds, striking the male neighbor before shooting his wife. The man screams, "Call the cops!" as he reaches up to his house and fires again at point-blank range. The gunman runs up to his house and returns to shoot the couple with another gun, fatally killing them. The gunman can also be heard saying: "You should have kept your fucking mouth shut" before shooting Lisa again.
The footage ends there; information from news sources revealed that Spaide came back to his home and shot himself as the police pulled up to the scene. The incident was deemed a murder-suicide.
The murderer in the video has been indentified as Jeffery Spaide.
Born on June 16, 1973, Jeffrey Spaide grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and spent much of his early life in the area. Spaide attended Wilkes University and then Villanova University, earning a B.S. in environmental engineering and an M.S. in water resources and environmental engineering.
A decorated veteran, Spaide served in the U.S. Navy during the 1990s, followed by stints in the U.S. Army National Guard and the U.S. Navy Reserve. He also worked for more than 20 years as an engineer.
Police responded to the chaotic scene a little before 9 a.m. that morning. By that point, locals had reported hearing several rounds of gunfire go off earlier in the day. Additionally, Jeffrey Spaide was allegedly seen pacing inside of his home before the final shot was heard — when he died by suicide.
Authorities quickly discovered the bodies of the Goys outside in the snow. Shortly thereafter, they found Spaide’s body inside his house. Before long, police determined that Spaide had killed the Goys before he had turned one of his rifles on himself, dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The gruesome murder-suicide — and the expletive-filled argument that preceded it — quickly garnered strong reactions from many people.
Some expressed sympathy for the Goy family, especially since the deceased couple left behind a 15-year-old autistic son who will now need to be cared for by his grandparents. One woman in France who identified herself as a relative of the Goys said the couple didn’t “deserve a tragic death like cattle.”
However, others came to the defense of the deceased Spaide, arguing that he had endured bullying from his neighbors for too long and that he had reached his breaking point. Meanwhile, others were simply shocked that an argument over something like snow shoveling could end so violently.
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