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Tri-Cities roofing business owner shot and killed in Klickitat County

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The owner of a Pasco roofing company was shot and killed during a fight Sunday afternoon near Bickleton.

John Roger Swigart, 59, of Pasco, was shot while fighting with Mark Lessly Allen, 61, of Roosevelt, Wash., according to the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office.

He was shot about 2:30 p.m. in a rural area two miles north of Bickleton on Jenson Quarry Road, about 35 miles southwest of Prosser. said sheriff’s investigators.

Allen was taken to the Klickitat County jail.

The sheriff’s office said no other information would be released until the death investigation is completed and submitted to the county prosecutor for possible charges.

Swigart owned JR Swigart Commercial Roofing Systems in Pasco. According to his Facebook page, he attended Sunnyside High School.

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