Homicide investigation ongoing for deceased fire victim

A second individual committed suicide after 6-hour standoff with police 


Law enforcement launched a homicide investigation after a fire in a motorhome led to the death of an individual, and the death of another individual after a six-hour standoff with authorities. 

At 7 a.m. on May 21, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) deputies and Yelm Police Department (YPD) officers responded to a fire involving a motorhome and a boat in the 10500 block of Old McKenna Road SE.  

In a TCSO news release, the death of one individual was discovered after the fire was put out. 

During the investigation, authorities found two individuals inside the residence of the suspected deceased person, one of whom was armed.  

“Thurston County SWAT was called in and attempted to negotiate with the armed individual. After about six hours of negotiations, the person committed suicide,” TCSO stated in their news release. 

It was not indicated in the report as to the situation of the second individual. 

Authorities have also not revealed the details of the crime, the relation of the three involved individuals, and the motive behind the crime. 

The homicide investigation is ongoing, and authorities are encouraging anyone with information to contact Thurston County detectives via email. 


If you know of anyone who is considering harming themselves, direct them to call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). This connects individuals with crisis counselors for emotional support and other services. Web chat services are also available at https://988lifeline.org/chat/


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  • Callie

    Ok, Thurston County Sheriff's Office said it that way first, however the correct term is "died by suicide."

    The word committed" implies sin. Medical professionals do not use this term, and JOLT, don't use it please.

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  • HotTractor

    Thanks Callie.

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