The city of Buckley was hit with a double homicide last night, which led to a shootout between the suspect and police in Tumwater.
According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a welfare check report at around 7 p.m.
The caller, the son of a couple who lived in the 23000 block of 162nd Street East, told deputies he received a call from his father about 20 minutes previous. The father told him he was confronting the caller’s brother, 21, and that the brother might have a firearm.
Before calling 911, the caller attempted to contact his father, but his calls were not answered.
Deputies arrived to discover a bullet hole through a window at the home.
With backup from Orting and Buckley police, officers made a tactical entry and found the bodies of the victims, believed to be the homeowners.
Officers could not locate the suspect after searching the nearby forest and around the rural location, even with the help of a sheriff’s helicopter.
Detectives soon found the suspect recently rented a car, and a statewide notice was sent out at 12:20 p.m. for law enforcement to be on the lookout for the car and the suspect, considered to be armed and dangerous.
About 10 minutes later, Tumwater police and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the alert after finding the vehicle at a Comfort In in Tumwater, with the suspect inside.
Officers attempted to contact the suspect, who then shot at them.
No officers were harmed, and the suspect was shot in the shoulder and taken to the hospital with non lfe-threatening injuries.
“The suspect is under guard and will be booked for two counts of murder in the first degree for the murder of his parents once he is released from the hospital,” the department’s press release stated. “Detectives will be continuing to work the scene and interview witnesses throughout the morning.”