Violent Crime
6:34 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Police: Domestic Violence Started Mass Shooting In Federal Way

Police say a quadruple murder in Federal Way Sunday night started as a domestic violence incident.

Police say the 28-year-old suspect first shot his girlfriend dead in their apartment. Witnesses then heard a commotion in the parking lot and saw the suspect shoot two other men to death.

Police say one resident of the apartment complex left his unit and saw what was happening. He told another neighbor to call 911, then went back inside. The suspect allegedly shot through the man's door and killed him, too.

Police say the suspect was leaving that fourth victim’s apartment when they arrived. When the suspect ignored orders to drop his weapon, police say at least two officers fired at him.

Police say the suspect ran to the parking lot and fell near two of his victims. After the suspect reached for his weapon, police say, officers shot at him again, and he died.

Police had been called to the suspect’s home twice before for verbal domestic disputes, but not physical violence, they say, and not involving the woman shot Sunday night.

According to police, the suspect had multiple guns registered in his name and a valid concealed pistol license.

A team from seven south King County police departments is handling the investigation. The eight Federal Way police officers who fired at the suspect have been placed on routine administrative leave.