Man Kills Neighbor After He Repeatedly Revs Engine Outside House—Police

A man in Washington has been arrested after he allegedly shot his neighbor dead for loudly revving a car's engine outside of his house.

Presley Daniel Mileck, 50, appeared in court on Wednesday, facing charges of first-degree murder for the death of his neighbor, identified as 39-year-old Timothy A. Thomas in court documents obtained by Fox 12.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on Tuesday outside Mileck's house, in the city of Battle Ground, Washington, after his wife Jocelyn called the police at around 2:30 p.m. to report the neighbor driving up and down the street, repeatedly revving his engine.

She told police that Mileck left the residence to go confront the man, but heard several shots being fired after her husband shouted at Thomas when she was still on the phone to the authorities, according to the court documents.

Jocelyn told the authorities that her husband then returned to the house "distraught and inconsolable" while holding a gun. She claimed that he made suicidal statements and the authorities told her to meet officers at the end of her driveway after they became concerned for her safety.

Deputies from the Battle Ground Police Department responded to the house, near Alder Falls Road, at around 2:45 p.m., and were approached by a man who said his wife had called about one of their sons being missing.

Officers went to that man's house and found Thomas unresponsive on the ground, after being shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

While officers were at the scene of Thomas' death, Mileck called his wife several times, with an officer eventually picking up. Mileck allegedly told the officer that he would "like to be cooperative and surrender peacefully."

Court documents claimed that Mileck told the deputy that he was sitting in his home's living room and that he had placed the gun upstairs in his bedroom. Mileck then left the residence and was arrested by the responding officers.

Mileck allegedly told detectives during an interview at the police station: "I don't know what I'm supposed to do. I don't know if I need an attorney or not." The court documents said that he requested an attorney after being read his Miranda Warning.

A Clark County judge set Mileck's bail at $1 million during his court appearance on Wednesday. He is set to be formally arraigned on June 24.

Newsweek has contacted the Battle Ground Police Department for comment.

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Shallow depth of field image taken of yellow law enforcement line with police car and lights in the background. A man in Washington state has been arrested after he allegedly fatally shot his neighbor when he loudly revved his car’s engine outside of his house. carlballou/iStock / Getty Images Plus