Extremely Volatile Situation Ends in Despair & Suicide

A domestic violence incident last night in Greenacres involving an armed male could have ended in multiple deaths inside the home, Deputies being injured/shot or many other ways. Last night, thankfully none of those occurred. Unfortunately, it still ended with a life lost; a father, friend, a young man who felt his only choice was to end his own life.

Last night’s incident began just like a lot of domestic violence calls here in our community and across our nation. A relationship deteriorating, but not completely over, causing erratic emotions ranging from anger, sadness, hope, despair, confusion and everything in between. But suddenly, the incident escalated to an extremely unstable, volatile, and potentially deadly situation when the male fired a pistol, breaking a sliding glass door to enter the residence of his estranged wife. Also inside, another adult and three young children.

Spokane Valley Deputies, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies and Liberty Lake Police Officers raced to the scene hoping to end things peacefully but fearing a potentially violent and deadly outcome. As Deputies/Officers arrived at the residence, they were advised the male shot himself tragically taking his own life without anyone else being physically injured.

Suicides and attempted suicides occur far too often in our community and in our nation. The feelings of desperation, sadness, confusion, failure and the utter feeling that there’s nothing to live for, no inkling of hope, creep their way into the minds of people of all ages; those who have barely began to live their lives to others who have experienced many years of life’s ups and downs.

What is left in the wake of the extremely sad and defining result of a person ending their own life? Complete devastation accompanied by unanswered questions of why or what could I have done to help in the minds and deep in the soles of the person’s friends, family and loved ones. Even the community is left reeling with similar questions and sorrow.

We would all like to remind anyone who is feeling hopeless or feeling there’s nothing to live for, help is always available, someone is always willing to help you out of the crushing darkness you’re feeling. There’s no need to hurt anyone or yourself which will only cause more devastation and life-long pain for those who care about you.

Please! If you’re feeling lost, or thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, reach out, take a second to contact one of the many people who want to help you save your life. Call one of the numbers below or just walk into any emergency room, contact a Fireman, a Deputy, an Officer, your church, a family member or friend and simply say, “I need your help.”

Mother of 6-Month-Old Baby Arrested for Murder

Major Crimes Detective Investigation into the Baby’s Death Continues

Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives arrested 27-year-old Skye M. Metcalf, charging her with Murder 2nd Degree for the death of her 6-month-old baby.

On June 11, 2018 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to MultiCare Valley Hospital’s emergency room for the report of an unresponsive infant who was brought in with severe head injuries by her parents, Metcalf and 24-year-old Anthony R. Stedeford. A short time later, the infant was pronounced deceased by the attending doctor.

The initial information provided to the responding Deputy was Metcalf tripped with the baby in her arms. As she fell, the baby flew from her arms, hit a baby walker and fell to the floor. Metcalf stated Stedeford was not home at the time of the accident.

Medical staff stated the observed injuries did not appear to be consistent with the reported account of the incident.

Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives responded to the hospital to continue the investigation.

Stedeford was found to be in violation of a Domestic Violence (DV) No Contact Order and was arrested Monday afternoon in accordance with the order.

During an autopsy on Tuesday, the Medical Examiner’s Office observed the infant suffered multiple impacts to her face and scalp which were not consistent with accidental injuries. The cause of death was determined to be “complex skull fractures from blunt impacts to the head”, ruling the manner of death as homicide.

Major Crimes Detective Scott Bonney located and arrested Metcalf and brought her to the Public Safety Building to be re-interviewed. After being advised of her rights, Metcalf continued with her fabricated story regarding the injury and subsequent death of her baby. She eventually said she was frustrated with Stedeford due to a recent argument. She admitted she intentionally and forcefully pushed the infant face-first into her basinet causing the injuries to the baby’s face. She also punched the infant twice, with a closed fist in the back of her head in the area consistent with the observed skull fractures. A short time later, her baby stopped crying, became lethargic and then unresponsive. Metcalf stated Stedeford was not present during the assault and she called him after, telling him she accidently dropped their baby.

Stedeford was also re-interviewed at the Public Safety Building and eventually released without charges.

Metcalf was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 2nd Degree (DV) with Aggravating Circumstances with a bond currently set at $1 million.

Detectives Ask for Your Help Locating DV Stabbing Suspect

Detectives are attempting to locate DV Assault Suspect, 40-year-old Kenneth J. Derr and are requesting your help. Derr, a multi-time convicted felon who has been known to be armed in the past, has made statements he wants to take his own life or commit “suicide by cop” by trying to provoke law enforcement into shooting him. Detectives have probable cause to arrest Derr for Assault 1st Degree stemming from an incident last night where he stabbed his brother in the arm.

On June 20, 2018, just prior to 10:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the emergency room at MultiCare Valley Hospital to contact a stabbing victim.

The victim stated he had been arguing with his brother, Kenneth Derr, at a residence near the 3200 block of S. Gillis in Spokane Valley. The argument escalated and Derr attempted to strike the victim in the head with a two-foot long pair of hedge trimmers and during the fight, he stabbed the victim in the arm with a knife.

During the attack, Derr stated he was going to make the victim kill him. The victim stated he has been attacked several times by Derr in the last few months and he is in constant fear for his life when Derr is around.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence but Derr was not located. Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to continue the investigation.

The victim stated Derr suffers from severe anger issues and has stated he wants to end his own life several times. Derr regularly talks about how he doesn’t want to go back to prison and would provoke law enforcement to “commit suicide by cop” given the opportunity.

Derr’s location is unknown at this time but he has been known to frequent North Idaho, specifically Kootenai County, in addition to Spokane Valley and the greater Spokane County area.

Derr is described as a white male, approximately 6’03”, 190 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt and brown sandals. He has been known to ride a mountain bike with a motor attached. It is unknow if Derr is armed, has access to weapons, or if he is using the mountain bike as a mode of transportation.

We would like Derr to surrender peacefully but we are also asking for the public’s help in locating him.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of 40-year-old Kenneth J. Derr, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 or 911, reference #10083695.