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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 |
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.

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