Five Dead after Standoff Near Belfair

sheriff badgeFive people are confirmed dead at a residence in the 300 block of Horseshoe Drive outside of Belfair.  Mason County Sheriff’s Deputies initially received a call from a man shortly before 9:00 AM reporting he had shot 4 people.  The man walked outside the residence and shot himself after a 3 ½ hour stand-off with authorities from multiple police agencies.

Sheriff Salisbury said,” This is a tragic day for everyone.”

When deputies initially responded, they encountered a man barricaded in the residence. The Mason County Regional SWAT team was requested to respond.  An MCSO deputy sergeant communicated with the man by phone over the course of 3+ hours.

A teenaged girl was transported by ambulance from the scene during the incident.

Multiple agencies remain on scene to continue the investigation.