Brian Fredde, a 40-year-old Moscow Mills truck driver, was fatally shot in the chest around 2:30 p.m. on Independence Day.
Moscow Mills police responded to the scene and provided CPR to Fredde, and Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived minutes later, arresting a suspect (whose name had not been released by law enforcement at press time) in the shooting.
According to Brandon Kuester – a neighbor and friend of Fredde – Fredde’s family had plans to spend the afternoon barbecuing when the shooting occurred.
“He would do anything for anybody, had the biggest heart of anybody I’ve ever met and would take the shirt off his own back if you needed it,” Kuester said.
Kuester shared that he has been doing renovations on his house lately, and that Fredde would come help him with the construction after getting off a night shift of work and sleeping for just a few hours.
The incident took place in the suspect’s yard, and the suspect was arrested that day and taken in for questioning at the Sheriff’s Office. After the questioning, the suspect was released.
“We are in the process of investigating, so I cannot provide a lot of details about this case,” Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Andy Binder said. “I think the evidence will speak for itself.”
The Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office is waiting to receive the official application of charges for the case, at which point it will decide whether or not to press charges.
“No charges have been filed yet in the case, so under the law, law enforcement can only hold somebody for 24 hours pending application for criminal charges,” County Prosecutor Mike Wood said.
“Unfortunately, without enough information for us to feel comfortable filing the charges, we are not able to make that decision [to hold a suspect in jail] up until the point that the investigation is complete. There’s a lot of information that needs to be looked into and I know detectives are working hard, the Sheriff’s department is working hard to make sure that gets done, and we’re moving as quickly as we can.”