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Man shot to death south of Malott

Okanogan County Sheriff's Office deputies investigate the scene of a fatal shooting Thursday along Old Highway 97, just south of Chiliwist Road.

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Okanogan County Sheriff's Office deputies investigate the scene of a fatal shooting Thursday along Old Highway 97, just south of Chiliwist Road.

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— One man is dead and a suspect is in custody following a shooting 200 yards south of the Chiliwist turn-off along Old Highway 97.

The highway was closed at Malott and south of the crime scene at about 4:30 p.m. to through traffic while the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office investigated.

The victim was not immediately identified, and the name of the suspect has yet to be released.

A friend of the victim, who witnessed the shooting, said the men were in the area looking for work, Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Rodriguez said. There was a "disagreement" over a vehicle prior to the shooting.

The friend, who deputies did not identify, said the victim did not have family in the area. The victim did not have identification, and a computer did not locate the man's name, authorities said.

The male suspect left the area before calling the Sheriff's Office from his home south of the crime scene, authorities said.

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