October 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM
Mill Creek couple identified; both died from gunshots
A pregnant woman found dead in her Mill Creek apartment Monday and her husband, who soon after shot himself, have been identified as Sandra McIntyre, 26, and Sean McIntyre, 29, by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Sandra McIntyre, who posted on Facebook that her baby was due in November, was shot in the head at an apartment on the 14700 block of Main Street, according to the office.
Mill Creek police said Sandra McIntyre had called friends to come over Sunday night. She told them he was acting strangely and had armed himself with a loaded shotgun, according to a police release.
Friends thought they had deescalated the situation and eventually left. But shortly before midnight, neighbors called 911 after hearing “yelling and sounds of a physical disturbance ” according to Officer Ian Durkee. That’s when police say they believe Sean McIntyre assaulted his wife and killed her.
By the time officers arrived on scene, no one would answer the door and all they could see was a woman lying on the floor, Durkee said. Officers then forced entry and found Sandra McIntyre dead.
Around the time officers responded to the apartment, Sean McIntyre sped away in a black car that officers tried pursuing. Before catching him, Sean McIntyre shot himself, and the car crashed into a semi-truck on the 18500 block of 35th Avenue Southeast in unincorporated Snohomish County.
Sean McIntyre possessed at least three firearms, Durkee said. Detectives recovered a shotgun from the apartment, a handgun still inside an open safe and a handgun from the car Sean crashed in.
Durkee said it appears officers had not previously been dispatched to the apartment for domestic-violence disturbances from the couple.
“It’s going to take a while to get a clear picture of what occurred,” Durkee said of the ongoing investigation.
The McIntyres married in the summer of 2011, according to an online wedding registry.
According to a Facebook photo album published this month, the couple was expecting a baby girl.
In an album comment posted Monday, its photographer mourned the loss of Sandra McIntyre, a close friend, and a future niece named Sierra: “My beautiful Sandra, my heart and soul are empty. I will miss you every day of my life. I will never understand this.”
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