Man dead in officer-involved shooting in Grapeview

GRAPEVIEW, Wash. -- Mason County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead in Grapeview.

Deputies were called to the 100 block of E. Huckleberry Drive for a report of a distraught man with a shotgun.

"The first thing I heard was her screaming for help," said neighbor Jamie Dudley. "I witnessed him with a gun to his head in the garage."

She ran back to her house to call 911, then she and neighbor Bill Walker heard a gunshot before deputies arrived.

Then the first deputy on the scene approached the house.

"He got out and he had an assault rifle, walked that way," Walker said. "I went back in the house and I heard another gunshot."

Chief Ryan Spurling with the Mason County Sheriff's Office said there was a confrontation between the suspect and the deputy. During the confrontation, the man threatened the deputy, who then opened fire, killing the suspect, Spurling said. Investigators have not released any further details of what led to the confrontation.

Neighbors say the couple in their 60s had just moved here from New Mexico a year ago and there have been no previous issues that would lead to this

"I'm terrified." Dudley said. "And I have three little boys that are terrified. They heard the gunshots. They were hiding in the closet."

The officer involved is on routine paid leave. Deputies say the scene is being turned over to the sheriff's departments from Lewis, Thurston, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties so there's no conflict of interest.
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