Police found four people dead and witnessed another man die at a rural Washington State home while answering a call from a man who claimed he had just killed four people. The man identified as David Wayne Campbell, 51, called police to his home and then embarked on a three-hour stand-off with law enforcement on Friday. Campbell ended the standoff by coming out of the house and shooting himself in front of police.
Police searched the property consisting of 11 outbuildings and it was in one of those buildings where they found the four bodies, reports Local NBC News on February 27. Three of the dead have been identified as Lana J Carlson, 49, Tory Carlson, 18, and Quinn Carlson, 16. The fourth deceased shooting victim’s name was not released pending notification of next of kin.
A 12-year-old girl managed to escape the shooting and she was not seriously injured. Her relationship to the victims has not been released. Neighbors said that Campbell’s wife and her two adopted sons from Russia and an adopted daughter from China lived in the house with Campbell.
The Seattle Times reports it was the man’s wife and her two adopted sons that were killed. The fourth victim was a neighbor, whose name was not released. They also report the 12-year-old girl who escaped this shooting was thought to be a family member.
According to MSN News, Jack Pigott, who is a neighbor of Campbell, reports the couple had been married for about four or five years. Pigott also said that Campbell was a heating and air conditioner contractor and he had recently been hospitalized, but for what Pigott did not know. The neighbor did say that he had been on “a lot of medications,” but he did not know what type of condition Campbell was being treated for.
Police searched each of the 11 buildings on the property, but have found no other bodies. The police are expecting to talk to the girl, who was taken to the hospital with non-serious injuries. They are hoping she can fill in the missing pieces to this puzzle.
Police are acquainted with Campbell, as they’ve been called out to the home before, but the reasons for any prior visits are not known.