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Originally published April 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM | Page modified April 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

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3 deaths in Shoreline, Renton domestic-violence cases

Domestic violence claimed two lives in Shoreline and one in Renton on Saturday, according to detectives.


Seattle Times staff

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A husband and wife died Saturday in Shoreline and a young woman died in Renton in what police agencies describe as unrelated cases of domestic violence.

The Shoreline incident was a suspected murder-suicide in which a couple died in their home.

A woman called 911 just before 9 a.m. to report hearing two shots fired in her Shoreline home, in the 500 block of Northeast 175th Street, said Sgt. Kathleen Larson of the King County Sheriff’s Office. The woman lived with her son, his wife and their 2-year-old child, Larson said.

The woman told police she went downstairs after hearing the shots, and then saw her daughter-in-law on the floor, where she appeared to have been shot.

Officers took the grandmother and child safely out of the home, and found the man and woman dead inside, Larson said.

“At this particular point it looks like it is a murder-suicide,” Larson said.

In Renton, police found a 20-year-old woman dead in an apartment after a man called 911 to say he killed his girlfriend.

Police say the man, 20, told dispatchers just before noon that he booby-trapped the apartment, and that he was armed. When officers arrived, the man ran back into the apartment building. He later emerged and surrendered, without a struggle, police said.

Police did not say how the woman may have died. Detectives think this was a case of domestic violence, but say the investigation is still early.

Authorities did not release names of the deceased in either incident.

Last year, 35 people in the state died from domestic violence, the lowest figure in 17 years, according to the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Staff reporters Coral Garnick and Mike Lindblom contributed to this report. Contact 206-464-2204 or newstips@seattletimes.com.



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