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Peck man charged with second degree murder in shooting incident

Christopher Jack Partee, 27, is in the Nez Perce County Jail for allegedly shooting and killing Coby John Bloodsworth, 41, Wednesday afternoon at Partee's residence in downtown Peck, according to Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office.

Partee was arraigned in magistrate court Wednesday afternoon on a charge of second degree murder with a firearms enhancement. His bond was set at $1 million and a preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 26 at the courthouse in Lewiston, NPCSO said in a news release.

Tuesday at 2:55 p.m., the Nez Perce County Sheriffs Office was contacted by Clearwater County Dispatch advising shots had been fired and one person was deceased at the residence at 114 N. Main Street in Peck. Clearwater County deputies arrived on scene first and detained three people until NPCSO officers arrived. Two witnesses were questioned by Nez Perce County deputies and later released, a third subject was held for further questioning.

After a search warrant was obtained, Nez Perce County deputies entered the residence and discovered a deceased person identified as Bloodsworth. After more investigation at the crime scene, Partee was transported to the Nez Perce County Adult Detention Center for questioning and was ultimately charged with the crime of murder in the second degree and booked into jail a little after midnight Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Partee, Bloodsworth and Matt Walker had gone out to get firewood. On their way through Orofino, they stopped at Deanos Convenience Store and Bloodsworth started talking to a group of people. According to Nez Perce County Prosecutor Dan Spickler, Bloodsworth refused to leave when the other two were ready, so they left him at the Deanos and returned to Partee's residence in Peck.

Later, the people that Bloodsworth was conversing with dropped him off in Peck close to Partee's residence. Bloodsworth went to Partee's residence and a confrontation ensued. Partee then allegedly shot Bloodsworth. He then went outside and retrieved his cell phone from his pickup and called Clearwater County Dispatch and told them what had happened. He and his girlfriend, Jennifer Cooper, then waited outside until law enforcement arrived. Walker went outside before the shooting, Spickler said.

The prosecutor said that both Walker and Cooper were interviewed and released.

The incident remains under investigation. Idaho State Police is assisting with the investigation, including forensic evidence in the residence, Spickler said.

Peck Elementary School which is near the incident was in lockdown for a time.

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