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Puyallup police: Father shoots sleeping adult son, daughter in head

Post by Ian Swenson / The News Tribune on March 24, 2013 at 8:37 am with No Comments »
March 24, 2013 6:34 pm

UPDATE as of 4:13 p.m. The boys living in the house are ages 6 and 7, and are the sons of the man who was shot, police said. They have been taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services, according to police. The man remains in grave condition, and the shooting suspect has been booked into Pierce County Jail for investigation of murder and attempted murder, according to police.

INITIAL POST: One woman died and her brother was in grave condition after their father shot them in the head as they slept early Sunday at their Puyallup home, according to police.

The 69-year-old father called police about 3:25 a.m. and said that he had shot his son and daughter at a house in the 1500 block of Fifth Street Southeast, Deputy Chief Dave McDonald said.

Dispatchers convinced the man to put down the gun and surrender, at which point he was taken into custody, McDonald said.

Both victims, a 43-year-old woman and 46-year-old man, were taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where the woman later died, he said. The man was in “grave condition,” police said late this morning.

The identity of the woman was not released.

The father’s wife as well as two grandchildren under the age of 10 were take safely from the house. The children slept through the shooting, and were woken by police, McDonald said. Their grandmother was not involved in the shooting, McDonald said.

Police believe one of the shooting victims is the father of the children and that the shooter is their grandfather.

“The grandparents were taking care of these kids,” McDonald said. “He’s just, as far as we knew, the grandpa.”

Police have responded several times to the home for domestic violence-related disputes, McDonald said.

Those incidents always involved disputes between adults family members, such as the children, and the grandparents, McDonald said.

“I know they were frustrated,” McDonald said about the grandparents.

A neighbor said police have responded before to deal with the couple’s son.

“It was common to hear fighting with the son,” said the neighbor, Beau Nye. “The cops have been here before and arrested him.”

He said two young boys live at the house with the grandparents.

“They were playing all day yesterday,” Nye said of the boys. “Chasing each other and laughing. They were having a great time. ”


Police tape marks the Puyallup home where a man shot two people Sunday morning. (Joe Barrentine/Staff photographer)
Police tape marks the Puyallup home where a man shot two people Sunday morning. (Joe Barrentine/Staff photographer)

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