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Gamer Fatally Shot By Friend In Argument Over Diablo 2 Loot

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Gamer Fatally Shot By Friend In Argument Over Diablo 2 Loot

An argument over Diablo II ended in tragedy recently, when 36-year-old Joshua G. Spellman, allegedly shot and killed his friend during a heated exchange over in-game loot.


The victim, identified as Andrew W. Dickson was fatally shot in the torso. He died from his injuries at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. Spellman and Dickson had been friends for around 26 years.


The Columbian reports via court documents that Spellman appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree murder on Friday.


Spellman told detectives that he, Dickson, and a third friend were playing Diablo II when an argument started. Spellman and Dickon lived together in a house owned by Spellman's parents, but the two were playing together in different rooms and communicating via headsets.

It's alleged that at some point, a random player joined the game and stole a rare piece of in-game loot that the trio were trying to get their hands on. Dickson started yelling and swearing, as he had been under the impression the game as private and password protected.

Spellman claims this went on for around three to five minutes, and that he eventually told Dickson he needed to calm down, or he would get shot.


Court documents allege that Spellman then took the gun from next to his computer, walked from his bunkhouse, and fired a shot in the air before walking into the main house. Spellman was talking with his father when Dickson entered and confronted his friend about threatening to shoot him. At this point, it's believed Dickson approached Spellman and was shot in the torso.

When asked why his gun was next to his computer, Spellman replied: “Why not? This is America.”

Spellman told detectives that Dickson would often get upset, but that he had never acted violently toward him for any reason. Spellman, who has no criminal history, is currently being held on a $750,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for December 29, 2021.

Featured Image Credit: The Columbian/Activision Blizzard

Topics: Activision, Diablo

Ewan Moore
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