Three Pennsylvania Neighbors Dead After Snow Shoveling Fight Leads to Murder-Suicide

Witnesses say the trio had been engaged in a long-running feud before the deadly incident.

February 05, 2021

Screenshot from WNEP/ABC

Screenshot from WNEP/ABC

By: Aaron Rasmussen

A fight over shoveling snow following a major snowstorm in Pennsylvania has left three neighbors dead, prosecutors say.

Just before 9 a.m. on Feb. 1, Jeffrey Spaide, 47, started arguing with James Goy, 50, and his 48-year-old wife, Lisa Goy, his neighbors across the street in Plains Township, ABC News reported.

“The Goys were shoveling the snow from their parking spots, shoveling the snow across the road, and throwing the snow onto Spaide’s property,” Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and Plains Township Police Chief Dale Binker said in a joint statement.

According to the statement, witnesses said Spaide asked the couple to stop and the war of words took a turn for the worse when James Goy threw a tool at his neighbor.

Prosecutors claimed surveillance video allegedly appeared to next show James Goy put his fists up and advance toward Spaide, who retreated into his house and returned holding a handgun.

The Goys, standing in the middle of the street, continued to taunt Spaide until he fired at the pair multiple times, the statement claimed.

The shooter then allegedly went back into his home, grabbed an AR-15-style rifle, and returned to again fire on the pair, NBC reported.

Responding police found the Goys’ bodies in the street and Spaide inside his house dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to ABC News, neighbors claimed Spaide and the Goys had been involved in a long-running feud before the murder-suicide.

Screenshot from ABC/WNEP

Screenshot from ABC/WNEP

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