Sheriff’s Office from Mason County reported that the two persons found dead inside a house near Shelton had been identified. The bodies belong to 34-year-old Kenneth Koonrand and Tara Abernathy (32). Jared Abernathy, the man, believed to have shot and killed the two individuals, was found dead in a Pendleton Motel 6 room after a standoff that lasted several hours.
Mason County’s Sherriff’s Office reported that, on Tuesday, two bodies were found inside a house near Shelton. The authorities later identified that the bodies belonged to Tara Abernathy and Kenneth Koonrad. However, they were unable to find the suspect on the murder weapon.
However, the same officials announced via a Twitter post on Wednesday that a suspect involved in the Shelton shooting has been identified and tracked down to the Pendleton Motel Six. The Sheriff’s Office also declared that a person saw a car leaving the Shelton house’s driveway on the day the two individuals were murdered.
The authorities tracked down the vehicle which allegedly belonged to the suspect involved in the Shelton shooting to the motel where the suspect rented a room. At 1 pm on Wednesday, shortly before the authorities arrived at the scene, the suspect opened fire from his room’s window.
Naturally, the authorities returned fire, resulting in a standoff that lasted for a couple of hours. According to the police officials, several state agencies were involved in the fire exchange including Pendleton’s PD and the US Marshalls.
The negotiations ended abruptly at around 9 pm when the authorities heard a shot coming from inside the room. When they’ve barged into the room, they saw the suspect lying dead on the floor with a gunshot wounded in his head.
The authorities declared that the individual who committed suicide after getting involved in an 8 hour-long fire exchange with the law enforcement officers was later identified as being 33-year-old Jared Abernathy. The suspect lived in western Washington.
At the moment, the law enforcement authorities are trying to determine the reason why the man shot and killed the two individuals inside the Shelton home, and, more importantly, what’s the nature of the relationship between Jared Abernathy, Tara Abernathy, and Kenneth Koonrad. Was this a crime of passion or was the suspect suffering from a crippling mental affliction?
We will keep you apprised if there are any developments in the case of the Shelton shooting.
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