Witnesses: Warden man shot himself, they relocated body


by KREM.com


Posted on September 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 2:30 PM

WARDEN, Wash. -- Witnesses told police that the man found dead in Warden this week killed himself in front of them.

Grant County detectives released new information Friday. The victim was a 21-year-old man from Warden.

According to Grant County Detectives around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday , deputies responded to a disturbance call on the 6700 block of SR 262 near the Glen Williams boat launch.  Witnesses told authorities they saw a person get pulled into a car then the driver sped away.

About 30 minutes later, deputies received another call about a dead male on the 300 block of Main Street.  He was found in the passenger seats of a 2-door silver car.  Authorities said he died of gunshot wounds, though, it was unclear how many times he was shot.

According to the victim's 24-year-old brother and 23-year-old family friend, all three were out drinking alcohol Tuesday evening. The three were shooting a firearm at several rural Royal City/Potholes area locations in Grant County according to the brother and friend.

Both witnesses report the decedent was depressed and trying to deal with several personal issues.

At one point the victim instructed the family friend to pull the car over near the intersection of Highway 262 & Road K.2 Southeast near Potholes Reservoir. The victim got out of the car, fired one random round, then pointed the gun at himself and fired a single gunshot.

The witnesses became frightened; they loaded the decedent into the car and drove him to 313 South Main Street in Warden where family members called 911.

Officials do believe the two crime scenes on State Route 262 near Glen Williams Boat Launch, and 313 Main St. in Warden are connected with this single incident.

Both witnesses have been cooperative according to detectives. The Sheriff’s Office is still treating this investigation as if it were a homicide until all reports are compiled and all evidence is examined.

Detectives waited for a warrant to search the vehicle involved in this incident Thursday.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday at 11:00 a.m.