Crime

Detectives believe woman fatally shot ex at Elk Plain home, then herself outside Tacoma church

Investigators believe a woman fatally shot her ex-boyfriend at their Elk Plain home before she killed herself outside a Tacoma church Tuesday.

Officials didn’t release their names. Both are in their early to mid 30s, Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer said.

He gave this account of the shootings:

Deputies responded to the home near 52nd Avenue East and 239th Street East, after the man’s mother, who also lives there, found his body in his bed.

She noticed the door to his room locked about 10 a.m., and when he didn’t respond after she tried to talk to him in the afternoon, she kicked in the door about 3 p.m., then called 911.

Detectives got a search warrant to investigate the suspicious death, determined someone had shot him, and started investigating the death as a homicide.

Family members told investigators the ex-girlfriend had been acting strangely and giving away money, which led detectives to put out a notice to find the truck she was driving.

Authorities found the vehicle about 8 p.m. outside a Tacoma church near East Portland Avenue and East 68th Street, with the woman dead inside, apparently having just shot herself.

Further information was not immediately available.

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