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Sheriff’s Department: Man fatally shoots wife’s boyfriend, then himself in South Prairie

A man fatally shot his wife’s boyfriend, then himself Tuesday at a South Prairie RV park, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The shooter, in his early 30s, showed up about 2 p.m. at the motor home where his wife and her boyfriend were living near state Route 162 and 256th Avenue East, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Deputies arrived to find the wife, in her early 40s, performing CPR on the boyfriend, Troyer said. She was not injured.

Both men died at the scene. Authorities did not immediately release their names, pending notification of family.

The woman and the two men attended the same church, but she and her boyfriend recently had to leave the church due to their affair, Troyer said.

As they were trying to get inside the motor home, deputies found a neighbor with a different gun exiting it. He initially refused commands to drop the weapon.

“Luckily, we had a very experienced officer who managed to maintain his composure and get through it,” Troyer said.

The neighbor had heard the gunshots and went to make sure things were OK, Troyer said. He won’t be charged with any crimes.

Investigators were initially concerned when they couldn’t find the woman’s children, but later found them safe, Troyer said.

Further details were not immediately available.

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