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Originally published November 10, 2005 at 12:00 AM | Page modified November 10, 2005 at 2:31 PM

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Man accused of killing wife, stepson in Bremerton caught in N.M.

A manhunt for Bryan Matsen, a 35-year-old Bremerton man wanted on suspicion of killing his estranged wife and step-son, ended this morning when he was taken into custody in Albuquerque.

Seattle Times staff reporter

A manhunt for Bryan Matsen, a 35-year-old Bremerton man wanted on suspicion he fatally shot his estranged wife and step-son last week, ended early this morning when Matsen was taken into custody by University of New Mexico police in Albuquerque.

Matsen apparently called 911 himself, seeking aid for minor stab wounds, according to university police Lt. Pat Davis.

Campus police conducted a routine National Crime Information Computer Check and discovered that Matsen was wanted on a Washington state warrant accusing him of two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his wife Evelyn Matsen, 34, and her son, Wahren Agonoy, 13.

He was taken into custody at 1:26 a.m. Mountain Time, Davis said.

Matsen was taken to a hospital and was being guarded by UNM police as investigators tried to determine how and why he was stabbed.

After his release from the hospital, Matsen will be booked into the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center and the case will be presented to the district attorney's office for extradition proceedings, Davis said.

The bodies of Evelyn Matsen and her son were found at 1 p.m. Sunday inside their east Bremerton home after a co-worker called police when Evelyn Matsen failed to show up for work. Officials say the two were killed Friday, the same day Matsen was arrested by Edmonds police for being drunk in his car aboard a ferry.

Edmonds police cited Matsen for being in control of a car while intoxicated and later found a 12-gauge shotgun in the trunk, but did not know that it may have been used in the Bremerton double slaying.

Matsen was taken to Stevens Hospital for a mental-health evaluation after making suicidal statements but was released Saturday morning.

Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wilson said detectives will soon head to New Mexico to interview Matsen.

"Whether he waives extradition is a moot point --- eventually we'll get him back here," Wilson said, referring to the process whereby a suspect is returned to the state where a crime is alleged to have taken place.

"It certainly is a relief because now all the manpower spent looking for him can be curtailed," he said, adding that the Kitsap sheriff's entire investigative team, along with officials from various federal, state and local agencies were helping in the hunt for Matsen.

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