NINE MILE FALLS, Wash. -- Authorities took a Nine Mile Falls homicide suspect into custody on Tuesday around noon. The suspect, 27-year-old Jason Hart surrendered to authorities outside of the house along the14800 block of West Autumn Lane.
Law enforcement contacted the suspect around 11:30 a.m. and used a robot to negotiate with Hart. Authorities at the scene believed the suspect was armed and dangerous. However, deputies said Hart has no criminal history.
Authorities said they received a call about the killing at 2:42 a.m. The caller said that Hart killed his girlfriend. The caller said he was Hart’s roommate.
Deputies arrived at the scene and found a woman’s body in a garage in a tub of clear liquid according to deputies. Hazmat crews determined that the liquid contains water and chemicals. Authorities described the liquid as powerful and potentially dangerous.
Authorities said the victim’s remains will have to be decontaminated before she is transported. Detectives believe she was killed Monday.
"We haven't done many of these kind of crime deals before. So, we're kind of flying by the seat of our pants," said Hazmat Batallion Chief Bob Green.
Five SWAT members were injured at the scene. They were exposed to a dangerous vapor according to deputies. Those SWAT members have been treated.
A hazmat crew was called to the scene to investigate. Deputies worried that the vapors could be from a methamphetamine lab on the property. Around 5:00 p.m., authorities determind that the chemicals were not part of a meth lab.
Deputies said two elderly people were taken from the home. At least four people live in the home according to authorities.