Pennsylvania Man James Spaide Shoots Neighbors Over Snow Removal
Plains Township police officers responded just before 9 a.m. to a report of shots fired in a residential neighborhood, where they discovered 50-year-old James Goy and his 48-year-old wife, Lisa Goy, lying dead in the road outside of their home, according to a joint statement by Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and Plains Township Police Chief Dale Binker.
In video from a surveillance camera perched above the home, the married couple can be seen in a heated exchange with James Spaide, who lived in the house across the street. The 47-year-old neighbor can be heard muttering that the Goys are “scummy” before he appears in the frame, sparking an immediate reaction from the pair.
In the clip, James Goy appears to approach Spaide with a raised fist, both of them hurling expletives and calling each other names throughout the exchange. It prompts Spaide to race inside his home while his neighbors continue to shout.
Lisa Goy at one point returns to her shoveling, but stops again to call Spaide “scum” in the seconds before he returns with a handgun.
“Go ahead,” she urges her armed neighbor. “Go ahead.”
The group continues to shout until Spaide opens fire on the couple, striking them both several times. He then returns inside his home and appears with another weapon, which he uses to shoot the Goys several more times.
Authorities later found Spaide inside his house, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.