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Spanaway man turns self in for allegedly killing wife, child this morning

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 29, 2012 at 6:16 am with 16 Comments »
August 29, 2012 2:09 pm

UPDATE: This just came in from the Sheriff’s Department:

Detectives have determined that the suspect had been hiding financial issues from his wife, including lying about a home they were supposed to be moving in to.  According to the suspect he shot his wife in her sleep early Tuesday morning, then woke their daughter and a friend of daughter who had slept over that night.  The suspect took both of the children in his car, dropped off the friend at her residence in Auburn, then drove around for some time with his daughter in the car.  The suspect told detectives that he pulled over on the side of the road in Spanaway and shot his daughter as she sat inside the vehicle.  The suspect then drove to a fast food restaurant in Spanaway, purchased a meal for himself, then went home and placed his daughter’s body in bed with his wife’s body.  After several hours of attempting to clean the residence and his vehicle, the suspect decided to turn himself in to law enforcement.

PREVIOUS POST: A 40-year-old Spanaway man turned himself in this morning after allegedly shooting his wife and daughter to death, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The man drove himself to the Pierce County jail about 4:45 a.m. and told a corrections deputy what he had done. Deputies were then dispatched to the family’s home in the 15500 block of 20th Ave Ct E.

Deputies “did see through the window what appeared to be a person in bed,” sheriff’s Capt. Ed Smith said.

They forced entry into the house and found the man’s 41-year-old wife and 11-year-old daughter in the master bedroom.

Smith said the man indicated he was having financial and marital problems. He owns a local painting company, according to his Facebook page.

Neighbors described the man as friendly and quiet and said they were shocked to wake up and find yellow police tape blocking off the cul de sac.

“This whole neighborhood is quiet,” said Sandee Fearn, who lives a few houses down from where the shooting happened. “It’s really disturbing.”

The News Tribune is not naming the man because he has not been charged with a crime. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday.

Leave a comment Comments → 16
  1. sassyseattle2006 says:

    what drives a person to such despair, they think such an act is the answer?

  2. Yeah, blame the, “Government”. No one is accountable anymore.

  3. MrMoPar426 says:

    Stacia, he ACTUALLY turned himself in, he ALLEGEDLY shot his wife and child. Wonder if this is related to the swarm of deputies that concentrated on 172nd St E about 11PM Tues evening saying shots had been fired…?

  4. I don’t really care what the government cares about. I care for my wife and child more than anything and would do whatever it takes to make sure they are cared for.

  5. MrCarleone says:

    The Gun did it !

    Who will arrest The Gun ?

  6. GrandMaster says:

    Tells you how bad our society has become when the person who is supposed to take care of the wife and daughter more than anyone on earth is the one who kills them for dumb egotistical reasons.

  7. ILoveChocolate says:

    Such a tragic story that this man felt he had no other way out. He will need to answer for what he has done and I hope he will be held accountable for his actions no matter how much despair he was in. I hope the families of this man, his wife, and daughter can find peace in the future. Thankfully he had the presence of mind to take the daughter’s friend home and didn’t include her in this tragedy.

  8. After reading the update, I feel numb, almost empty inside. Where did it all go wrong? There are plenty of times when I think about the money coming in compared to the money going out and I worry at times, but when I get home and see my wife and child, those thoughts go away and I feel how lucky I am. I wish I knew what these people were thinking right before they did the unthinkable……….just incase I ever feel the same I can go ask for help.

  9. fredslocombe says:

    I think this is one of many cases where one’s worst enemy is one’s own imagination. Like the case of Mark Hacking, who, it was suggested, was under such immense pressure to be regarded as a successful husband and father, he hid the fact that he didn’t have a degree and was not accepted into medical school for so long that his fear of being discovered developed into a terror so great that he murdered his wife.

  10. ruledbysun says:

    This is completely stunning and leaves me speechless. How could anybody do that to their own child? He was one cold and dead inside person. Then to go through a drive thru? Carry her dead body? What is going through such a sick mind? We need to do something drastic about the gun problem.

  11. THINKING says:

    Very few people can understand why humans do what they do. Until your married or your marriage is falling apart with your business losing money and you have lied to your wife about the new home the family is moving into…… few could understand this tradegy. This man will be tried in the court of public appeals before he is even arrained. By his own admissions he is guilty but to understand the why is how we as a society will learn from these unfortunate ¬†tragedies. Why do we watch animals kill each other for nothing other than the cycle of life and do nothing. Why do we watch lions and bears kill then eat each other for survival and do nothing, but when one human kills another for any reason it is deemed murder. ¬†¬†

  12. My heart is so full of grief right now. I don’t even know either of these angel babies and yet my heart is downright hurting for them, their families and this situation. How tragic and to the family/friends that read this, know that I am praying for you and your understanding and peace during this time.

  13. assinine says:

    After stealing his daughter and wives lives and future away. This chickens**t can’t even end his own life and save the tax payers some money.

  14. caoleson says:

    I agree with ruledbysun: “We need to do something drastic about the gun problem.”

    And while we are at it: There was an arsonist in Buckly, who tried to attack the cops with a baseball bat when they arrived; so some Liberal better get started on developing new laws restricting the sale of gas, matches, and baseball bats too. Oh My God things are totally out of control!

  15. dirtydan54 says:

    Love the removal of my comment

  16. Irritated says:

    What if all guns got removed from society and smothering people was the new “gun”…would pillows get banned? I can’t sleep without a pillow…

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