The Pennsylvania man caught on video ruthlessly gunning down two
neighbors during a snow-shoveling dispute Monday before turning
the gun on himself was an engineer and a decorated Navy veteran.
Jeffrey Allen Spaide, 47, a Wilkes-Barre native, 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.
“Jeff was employed as a licensed engineer for over 20 years,”
his obituary reads. “He also served in the United States Navy,
working as a shipboard engineering technician.”
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 confirmed Spaide’s service when contacted Friday
by 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.
Spaide received numerous awards and decorations during his
military career, according to his service record, 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
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 obituary.
His LinkedIn page says 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.
While on active duty years earlier, Spaide said, he was
responsible for maintaining water distribution and fire
suppression equipment for the Navy.
The virtual resume also described him as being experienced in
wastewater projects, landfills, transfer stations and waste-
He last worked as a facility engineer for the Lackawanna River
Basin Sewer Authority in Throop, according to his profile.
Prior to that, Spaide listed himself as an environmental
engineer manager for Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental
Protection, serving as the chief of its regional permitting
In his private time, 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, the death notice said.
Following the carnage Monday, a witness reported seeing Spaide
pacing inside his home near a window. He then shot himself as
police approached, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie
Salavantis said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a woman in France who identified herself as a
relative of the couple said they didn’t deserve to die “like
“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.”
The two mouthy cock suckers got what they deserved.