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Springfield police say man took his own life after killing son

The two were involved in a verbal dispute when Christopher Wilcox shot and killed his son Spencer Wilcox with a handgun, police said.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 9:54 AM
Updated: Feb 25, 2021 7:07 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The man sought by Springfield Police in connection with a homicide has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The body of Christopher Wilcox, 46, was found early Thursday morning in a rural area east of Springfield. Officials told KEZI 9 News Thursday afternoon that Christopher's car and body were found near Deerhorn Road in Springfield.


Christopher Wilcox

Police said Christopher Wilcox shot and killed his son Spencer Wilcox, 17, during an argument Wednesday evening. The two were involved in a verbal dispute when Christopher Wilcox shot and killed Spencer Wilcox with a handgun, police said.

Thurston resident Jeremiah Perkins said he remembers Christopher as a down-to-earth guy and was shocked when finding out what had happened.

“It’s sad for everyone involved,” Perkins said. “He still has a daughter, a wife and family. A lot of things happen behind closed doors that people don't know about, I guess.”

Several others shared they had positive experiences working with Christopher at the Albertsons in Thurston, saying he was fun to be around, cracked a lot of jokes and was nice to everyone.

The incident happened at about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday in a house at 68th Place and Forsythia Street in Springfield. Police arrived to find Spencer Wilcox dead inside the house. There were multiple people inside the house.

Police had said Wednesday night that they were looking for Christopher Wilcox and that he was considered armed and dangerous. They had warned people not to approach him.

His vehicle, a black 2006 Mazda Tribute with Oregon license plate "012 DBT," was also located Thursday morning, police said.

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