An elderly Puyallup father who police say shot his adult children early Sunday, killing one of them, is in custody.
Puyallup Deputy Police Chief Dave McDonald said the man’s 43-year-old daughter was pronounced dead at Tacoma General Hospital. His 46-year-old son was in critical condition.
McDonald said the 69-year-old suspect called police at about 3:30 in the morning to say he had shot both his children and was about to shoot himself at his home on the 1500 block of 5th Street Southeast, McDonald said. The dispatcher was able to convince him not to kill himself as police surrounded the house. The man surrendered following a tense negotiation on his dark porch, McDonald said.
Detectives say it appears the son and daughter were asleep when they were shot.
The wounded man’s two children, ages 6 and 7, and the suspect’s wife were asleep during the shooting and were unharmed, according to police. The children have been taken into protective custody.
McDonald said police have been to the suspect’s house multiple times in the past because of fights, often involving alcohol, between the shooter and his adult children, who were living at the home. He said there was no reason to believe the suspect was under the influence of alcohol this morning, though.
The suspect has been booked into Pierce County Jail for first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.