Cops: Man Admits to Killing Family Then Kills Himself

Five people are dead, and a 12-year-old girl is in the hospital
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2016 5:52 PM CST
Cops: Man Admits to Killing Family Then Kills Himself

Authorities say a gunman killed four people in a home in rural Washington state before fatally shooting himself after an hours-long standoff, the AP reports. Deputy Ryan Spurling says the gunman called an officer he has dealt with in the past on Friday to say he shot and killed his family. Authorities say officers negotiated with the man for about three hours before they entered the home in Belfair and found the people dead. Spurling says the gunman shot and killed himself. A 12-year-old girl who somehow survived has been taken to the hospital. She is related to the victims. Neither the victims nor the suspect have been identified.

Neighbor Jack Pigott says he heard gunfire Thursday night. He says the couple who lived in the house had been married for four to five years. He says the wife had two teenage sons who were adopted from Russia during a previous marriage. She also had a daughter who was adopted from China. Pigott says the husband had a heating and air conditioning contractor business. (More shooting stories.)

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