SPANAWAY, Wash. -- (WJXT) -- A member of the U.S. Air Force in Washington state fatally shot his two young children and his wife before killing himself, authorities said Tuesday.
The Pierce County sheriff's office said they found the bodies inside a home near Spanaway, about 45 miles south of Seattle, after the man called 911 reporting that he killed his family.
The victims were identified as Samantha Field, 33, and the couple's children, 4-year-old Ava and 2-year-old Ashen, according to the county medical examiner's office. The alleged shooter was Clint Field, 29. He was originally from Florida and his wife was from New Hampshire, the News Tribune reported.
According to KIRO, Field made his intentions to end his life clear when he called 911.
"He thanked us for our time, but said by the time we got there he would be deceased as well, and he followed through with that," Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said. Upon arrival, SWAT officers tried to talk him out of the house but received no response.
The sheriff's office said the children were shot while they were sleeping and their mother also was shot in bed. It said Clint Field was stationed at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Troyer told Seattle-area TV station KOMO that investigators have learned Clint Field had been upset and had a past incident in which he mentioned suicide. Troyer also said family members mentioned that the couple may have had a divorce proceeding about to start.
“We have not been to this house before and there's no history of domestic violence,” Troyer said.