Burglar Shoots Self While Deputies Respond

A man shot himself while Mason County Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a reported burglary in progress Thursday near Belfair. Deputies arrived at the house on NE Mission Wood Drive shortly after noon and the home owner said the people who broke into the home were still inside. Deputies ordered the suspects to come out but only one woman complied. Another woman and a man refused and a stand off began.

Deputies called in the SWAT team and as they were searching the house, a gunshot was fired. The second woman fled the home and told deputies the man had shot himself. Deputies then entered the house and found the male suspect dead. No other injuries were reported.

The two women were taken into custody.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting which is standard percedure since Mason County Deputies were in the house at the time of the shooting.