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Tag: Allen Myron


A deputy’s disintegration; a family’s agony

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

Allen Myron is the portrait of a man in free fall. That his descent ended violently this month when he killed his in-laws and himself is ultimately no one’s fault but his own.

Accounts from friends, family and colleagues paint starkly different pictures of the Pierce County sheriff’s deputy.

He was personable and upstanding, the kind of citizen who did missionary work in Nicaragua and entered law enforcement in midlife to make a difference. The kind of neighbor to bring you home-baked bread on Christmas and watch out for your kids as well as his own. The kind of friend who made a point to ask after an ill spouse.
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Keep the public in the loop on deputy’s murder-suicide

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

It’s been more than four days since a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot two innocent people, then himself. The public still knows next to nothing about the killings.

We know that 49-year-old Deputy Allen Myron killed his wife’s parents, Monty and Susan Multanen, on Friday evening at his home near Gig Harbor.

The Tacoma Police Department – which is handling the investigation – revealed Monday that Myron had quarreled with his father-in-law before the murder-suicide. But that could safely have been surmised from the fact that the deputy shot Multanen.

Beyond those bare facts, what?

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The Brame comparisons can wait

Tragic. Horrific. Deja Vu.

These would all be apt descriptors for Friday’s double-homicide in Gig Harbor. The events are too closely linked to the Brame tragedy–the homicidal violence, the location and the perpetrator’s occupation–to deny the obvious comparison.

But it’s too soon for that conversation.

First, let the community pour its collective energy into the victims, whose family framework has been torn asunder.

Let the strong among us reach out to to them, these people who may be our neighbors, our friends or simply people whose faces we recall from the myriad places we gather. Let us clutch this family

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