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Man Kills Four People, Self in Idaho

October 25, 2003

OLDTOWN, Idaho (AP) _ A man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and three other people in a small-town tavern, then walked out and killed himself hours later as police caught up with him, authorities said.

Bonner County Sheriff Phil Jarvis said suspect Ralph Reeves, 51, shot himself late Friday as deputies approached his car in rural Pend Oreille County, Wash.

The shooting at the Stateline Bar apparently stemmed from a dispute between the man and woman. Bonner County Sheriff Phil Jarvis refused to provide any details on the other victims, except to say they were adults.

Reeves was described in a sheriff’s office flier as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 240 pounds. He was homeless and lived in his gray Ford Crown Victoria, the sheriff said.

Oldtown, a community of about 200, sits along the Idaho-Washington border, about 50 miles north of Spokane, Wash., and about 40 miles from Canada.

The four people were killed between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Jarvis said. Other people in the small tavern at the time were not hurt, he said.

The tavern, which sits next to a grocery and is just yards from U.S. Highway 2, has a pool table and dart board and is not known for rowdiness, said Alvin Lindley of Oldtown.

``This one is normally quiet,″ he said.

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