Who was Jeffrey Spaide? CCTV shows Navy vet said 'you should’ve kept your mouth shut' before shooting couple dead
The couple doesn't react to him opening fire but then Spaide strikes multiple rounds from close range, striking them, causing them to collapse
On February 1, 2021, Jeffrey Allen Spaide ruthlessly gunned down two neighbors during a show-shoveling dispute. Spaide killed 50-year-old James Goy and his wife, 48-year-old Lisa Goy in cold blood in a case of a snow-shoveling dispute gone horribly wrong. The couple lived across the street from each other and after exchanging expletives and threats, Spaide returned holding a handgun. Surveillance video shows how the entire fight concluded.
CCTV footage shows that after James yells "I'll knock your a** out," and "I'll make your life a living hell," 47-year-old Spaide emerged from his residence holding a pistol. The Goys continue to verbally abuse him seemingly challenging him to shoot. Lisa even yells at him, "Go ahead! Go ahead!"
Then Spaide opens fire. The couple doesn't react to him opening fire but then Spaide strikes multiple rounds from close range, striking them, causing them to collapse. Spaide then goes back to his home to get an AR-15-style rifle. He uses it to shoot the couple again killing Lisa in the middle of the street and James a little away from the purview of the CCTV camera; although one can hear their voices.
"You should have kept your mouth shut," he can be seen telling Lisa in the CCTV footage as he pulled the final trigger. But be warned, the footage is extremely graphic. Prosecutors said Spaide then retreated into his home, paced back and forth in front of a window, then shot himself dead as the first police units responded to the scene on West Bergh Street at 9 am on Monday. The argument reportedly started when the Goys started shoveling snow on Spaide's property. From there, it escalated to a shooting. Reportedly, a total of 15 to 20 shots were fired. The DA's office says this investigation is now closed.
Who is Jeffrey Allen Spaide?
Spaide's obituary reads that he was employed as a licensed engineer for over 20 years. He also served in the United States Navy, working as a shipboard engineering technician.
The 47-year-old Wilkes-Barre native, had graduated from Wilkes University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering in 2001 and went on to get his master’s degree in water resources and environmental engineering from Villanova University in 2005.
On his LinkedIn page, which identified him as a 'professional engineer', Spaide cited his active-duty status with the Navy from 1993 through 1998.
Navy officials have reportedly confirmed Spaide’s service. According to an article in The Post, "he enlisted in September 1993 and received training in Great Lakes, Illinois. He then served on USS America and USS Nassau, as well as at duty stations in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and Panama City, Florida. His active-duty status ended in May 1998 at a rank of Damage Controlman 2nd Class".
According to his service record, Spaide received numerous awards and decorations during his military career including a Navy Achievement Medal, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and two National Defense Service Medals. He also received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, a NATO Medal and Southwest Asia Service Medal with a Bronze Star, the record shows.
His obituary states that after leaving the Navy, Spaide continued his military service with the Army National Guard and Navy Reserve as a "heavy equipment operator".
According to his LinkedIn page, he joined the National Guard in 1999 before joining the Navy Reserve in 2002. “Operated bulldozers, loaders, rollers, forklifts, dump trucks and other heavy construction equipment while on active duty and in various reserve training projects,” Spaide wrote of his time with the Navy Reserve. The site also described him as being experienced in wastewater projects, landfills, transfer stations and waste-processing facilities, and reportedly last worked as a facility engineer for the Lackawanna River Basin Sewer Authority in Throop.
According to New York Post, Spaide enjoyed running marathons and spending time with relatives, especially his nephew Jayden. "He was a loving son, brother and uncle who will be greatly missed by his family and friends," his obituary read. Spaide is survived by his father, two sisters, a brother, and five nieces and nephews. A funeral home in Wilkes-Barre was handling his private service.
A woman in France has identified herself as a relative of the couple and said they didn’t deserve to die “like cattle.” “Lisa, James, my family, my blood, my cousin, my cousin, you don’t deserve a tragic death like cattle and make headlines sharing your video of the double homicide,” Jess Gimenez, of Bordeaux, wrote on Facebook Friday. “The citizens out there have no respect and I’m sorry for you both. You will remain forever etched in my heart memories remain but sadness and anger settles in.”