Washington

2 found dead in Washington identified; suspect shoots self

Authorities identified two people found dead Tuesday at a home near Shelton, Washington, and said the suspect in the case shot and killed himself Wednesday in Pendleton, Oregon, after a standoff.

The Mason County Sheriff's Office identified the victims as 34-year-old Tara Abernathy of Shelton and 34-year-old Kenneth Koonrad of Montesano.

Deputies were sent to Abernathy's home Tuesday after she didn't show up for work. They found Abernathy and Koonrad dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

The sheriff's office said on Twitter Wednesday that detectives had found a suspect and were involved in a standoff.

The hourslong standoff started about 1 p.m. at a Pendleton Motel 6, The East Oregonian reported (https://goo.gl/iWwAFi).

The sheriff's office later tweeted that negotiations ended as shots were heard. Just before 9 p.m., the sheriff's office said the suspect had shot and killed himself.

Authorities said there was no further threat to public safety in the Pendleton area.

The suspect has not been identified. It wasn't clear if the suspect knew the woman and man in western Washington.