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Man in custody after husband and wife shot to death in Key Peninsula

A 35-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were shot to death  Saturday morning in Key Peninsula during what officials believe to be a dispute related to a previous domestic violence assault. (Photo courtesy the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.) 

KEY PENINSULA, Wash. -- A 35-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were shot to death Saturday morning in Key Peninsula during what officials believe to be a dispute related to a previous domestic violence assault, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies responded to the incident after a woman called 911 about 2:52 a.m. Saturday to report a shooting at a mobile home in the 5500 block of Whiteman Road, according to a Sheriff's Department Facebook post.

Officials say that the suspect, a 27-year-old man, also called 911 soon after and turned himself in.

When they arrived at the home, deputies found the husband and wife dead in the driveway near two vehicles, according to the Sheriff's Department post.

Investigators say several vehicles at the scene were found shot up. One of them had the couple's 2-year-old son inside, who was unharmed.

"It appears at this time these people all knew each other," Pierce County Sheriff's detective Ed Troyer said. "Some are possibly related. And this may be in retaliation from a previous domestic violence incident that occurred some time back...we believe guns and/or drugs were involved."

Authorities say the man and woman killed and the suspect were well known to deputies. Deputies are not looking for anyone else related to the shooting.

The two-year-old boy is now with relatives.


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