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February 19, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Suspicious death in Orting ruled a homicide

UPDATE, 5:48 p.m. | Investigators believe the man found dead in his front yard may have interrupted a garage burglary in his home before his death, according to the Orting Police Department.

Michael Compton, 51, died of injures from a gunshot wound, police said. He may have engaged in a struglgle with the suspect or suspects, resulting in the fatal injury, though investigators haven’t determined whether the shooting was intentional or accidental.

Officers are interviewing persons of interest and have no reason to believe there is an armed perpetrator at large, police said. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact crimetips@cityoforting.org.

ORIGINAL POST | Orting police say that a man was found dead in his front yard this morning.

Police say they were called to the 500 block of Ford Lane Southwest at 3:18 a.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting the body.

Police spokesman James Schlotzhauer declined to release any details other than “it  is a homicide investigation.”

The Lakewood Police Department is assisting in the investigation.

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