Shootout near Eatonville leaves one dead

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EATONVILLE, Wash. -- An early morning shootout in Eatonville left one man dead Wednesday and two people in custody.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said deputies went to a 911 call at 7:19 a.m.. The caller said he had shot someone outside his mobile home in the 43100 block of Mountain Highway East near Eatsonville.

He said a car pulled in his driveway. At least one passenger got out and started shooting at the mobile home. At least one shot hit a bedroom.

The man fired one shot back at them. The car drove off, leaving the wounded man behind in the driveway.

The Sheriff's Department says the man's teenage son had been threatened overnight and told that someone was going to "shoot up the house." The person who called in the threat said the shooters were be in a white car with custom rims and tires.

A deputy heading to the shooting spotted a car matching the description at 7:34 a.m. in the 37000 block of Mountain Highway East. The deputy stopped the car and took a 31-year-old man and 17-year-old boy into custody.

Outside the mobile home, deputies found the wounded man and a pistol next him. Deputies tried to give him aid but he was died at the scene.

He is believed to be 26 years old.

Detective Ed Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, said the shooting looks like a case of self-defense.

"At this point it looks like it's a justifiable shooting. The man was in his own home with a gun. People came at him at his residence. Shot into his residence. One of them got out of the car and fired rounds directly at our victim."

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