The Associated Press AUBURN — A driver who fled from the Washington State Patrol fatally shot himself as the chase came to an end early Wednesday on Highway 167 in Auburn. The Patrol says the chase began in Renton and ended about 1 a.m. after a spike strip was used to flatten both right-side tires. The car…More
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The Associated Press OREGON CITY, Ore. — Oregon authorities say an autopsy shows an 88-year-old man who set fire to his house and fatally shot a police officer also killed himself. A statement released Tuesday by Clackamas County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Wurpes says Lawrence Cambra’s death was a suicide caused by a single gunshot to the chest. Investigators previously…More
It appears a man fatally stabbed himself this morning in Shoreline, says the King County Sheriff’s Office At 9:23 a.m., a caller phoned 911 to report that a man may have taken a pair of sunglasses from his truck in Shoreline. The caller said he approached the man, who then pulled out a knife, the Sheriff’s Office said. When deputies arrived,…More
A man fell to his death Monday afternoon from the top of a nine-story parking garage in downtown Seattle in what police say is a likely suicide. “Our preliminary investigation indicates it is probably a suicide,” said Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel, adding that it will be up to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office to…More
The Associated Press PORTLAND — Trained volunteers wearing orange vests plan to begin patrolling Portland’s Vista Bridge Thursday evening to prevent more people from committing suicide. The group Friends of Vista Bridge told KOIN-TV volunteers will be on the so-called “suicide bridge” until mid-August, when the city plans to install temporary fencing to prevent jumping. There have already…More
The Associated Press PORTLAND — The Multnomah County medical examiner’s office says a Vancouver, Wash., man whose body was found in the Columbia River over the weekend committed suicide. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says 27-year-old Drake Edward Johnson was a work release escape. He had been arrested in March on drug-related charges and failed to show up July…More
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — The sister of a 19-year-old Pullman, Wash., man who committed suicide last weekend is seeking an apology from an Idaho sheriff’s deputy she says harassed her brother via Facebook in the days before his death.
Alise Smith said her brother’s decision to end his life was his own, but she believes the comments that Andrew Cain received about arrest warrants in Latah County became too much for him.
The sheriff’s office Facebook page included a “wanted poster” and a post congratulating Cain on being the county’s most wanted person of the month for June. Smith said a deputy also sent private messages to her brother via Facebook. Sheriff Wayne Rausch did not immediately reply to an email and phone message seeking confirmation of the private messages.
“It has never been my policy to include editorializing in media releases pertaining to the location and apprehension of persons wanted by the court,” Rausch said in a statement released by his office. “That situation has been resolved.”
Rausch did not confirm or deny that a deputy sent private messages to Cain via Facebook.
Smith said she understood the “wanted poster” but felt the “congratulations” comment and the private messages were an abuse of power.
She told KLEW-TV that she received a text from her brother early last week that said he felt like putting a bullet in his brain. The message included a screen shot of Facebook messages from a deputy, Smith said.
“Eventually, it all just got too much to handle because other people were texting him and messaging him on Facebook and he just couldn’t handle all of the people telling him how awful a person he was,” Smith told KLEW.
Cain fatally shot himself Sunday, Whitman County Coroner Pete Martin said.More
Police say there was no motive, argument or reason they could find behind the fatal shooting on Thursday of a Tacoma man at the hands of his neighbor. The shooting occurred shortly before 8 pm. in the 4600 block of North Ferdinand Street, police said. According to Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool, the 51-year-old suspect had been…More
A head-on crash that killed two drivers in Pierce County Monday night may have been intentionally caused by one of the drivers committing suicide. “He’d left a suicide note saying he was going to drive his car 120 mph into a pole,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told the News Tribune of Tacoma. “He got…More
The Associated Press Police are investigating after a 50-year-old man committed suicide during a gun-safety class at a Bellevue shooting range. Seattlepi.com reports that Brian J. Parry shot himself in the head with a pistol Sunday during a class a West Coast Armory, a gun range and dealer with outlets in Bellevue and Issaquah. More than…More