U.S. Air Force airman Clint Field, 29, shot and killed his family as they were sleeping in their Washington state home, and then turned the gun on himself.
He called 911 right before committing the murder-suicide, and investigators believe Field was distraught over his marriage dissolving in a forthcoming divorce.
Fox News reports the following:
“A member of the U.S. Air Force in Washington state– who was reportedly despondent over upcoming divorce– fatally shot his two young children while they slept and his wife before he called 911 and killed 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. He told an emergency operator 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.
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.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed 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.”
“Our hearts are broken. We lost half of our family to one person’s selfish act.” Tom Reardon, father of Samantha Field of Spanaway who was killed along with her two young children Ava & Ashen. Her husband Clint is suspected to shooting them then taking his own life. 6pm #komonews pic.twitter.com/TKjh6C1MM3
— Keith Eldridge (@KeithKOMO4) March 14, 2018
— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) March 13, 2018