Roy man suspected of killing 12-year-old nephew with machete | Pierce County Sheriff’s Office

Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the murder of a 12-year-old boy in Roy. Detectives believe the 27-year-old suspect murdered his nephew in their home with a machete and then shot himself in the head while driving.

Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the murder of a 12-year-old boy in Roy. Detectives believe the 27-year-old suspect murdered his nephew in their home with a machete and then shot himself in the head while driving.

On Aug. 7, 2016 at 3:12 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a white pickup truck striking a Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) fence. The driver, Christian Brayton, was unconscious and bleeding from his head. Upon closer inspection, it appeared the driver had shot himself in the head while driving. He died at the scene.

At 5:32 a.m. deputies were dispatched to a residence in Roy after a man called 911 to report that his neighbor was screaming about his son killing his grandson. When deputies arrived, they found Jesse Brayton’s body inside the home and it appeared he had been killed with a machete. Neighbors told deputies the suspect’s name and told them that he had left in a white pickup truck. Deputies were able to quickly determine that the crash and the homicide were related.

According to the boy’s grandfather, the suspect and the victim were getting along and were playing video games the evening before the 911 call was placed.

Detectives believe that the suspect may have been suffering from mental health issues.

 

More in News

Golden anniversary celebration held in former maternity home

It’s estimated more than 600 babies were born in the Mahlin Maternity Home, now known as the Le Sorelle Inn in Buckley.

Hardhats and heavy equipment continue to dot school grounds

Many students on the Plateau and in the valley have a lot to look forward to in the near future.

Tell King County what you think about the trail system

The public survey will be open through Oct. 5.

More than 1,600 drivers sited for HOV misuse | Washington State Patrol

One driver was even ticket three separate times.

Free construction classes help make community connections

Building Beyond the Walls, an Enumclaw-based non-profit, offers folks of all stripes a way to learn new skills and form long-lasting connections through volunteer work.

Black Diamond officer recognized for life-saving efforts

Suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, a Joe Moore was saved by the quick thinking of his wife and the fast response of the BDPD.

Human remains identified as those of missing Enumclaw man

Kristian Burnstad was last seen alive on Feb. 7, 2017.

Patrols to emphasize districted driving over the weekend | Washington State Patrol

Don’t contribute to the rising rate of crashes and distracted driving fatalities.

Save time by buying Mount Rainier passes online

Now you don’t have to wait in line — just print your pass and home and enjoy the majesty of the park.

Most Read