A 35-year-old Shelton man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Wednesday night after an explosion and fire in his garage. According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies responded to the 100 block of SE Shadowood Boulevard, south of Shelton near Fawn Lake, just after 9 PM Wednesday after receiving a report of a suicidal man. A friend of the man went to the home earlier in the day and believed the suspect may have already taken his life.
Deputies had responded to the same address the day before after a report the man assaulted his wife, made threats to kill her and then fled the scene. The suspect was also believed to possess multiple firearms.
When Deputies, Officers from the Shelton Police Department and the Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety arrived Wednesday night, the suspect barricaded himself in his garage and claimed to have firearms. As Officers and Deputies began to back away from the residence, a large explosion occurred which blew the garage door off the garage. Deputies and Officers pulled the suspect to safety where he was immediately transported to Mason General Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview. The man’s condition is unknown at this time.
Mason County Fire Districts 4, 5, 11 and 16 responded and extinguished the resulting fire.
Due to the explosion and statements made about “booby traps”, the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was called in to inspect the property for any explosive devices. Nothing was found and the investigation continues.