A man sought in connection with a double homicide in Olympia and the slaying of a Chemult tow truck driver fatally shot himself early today, the Klamath County district attorney's office said.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A man sought in connection with a double homicide in Olympia and the slaying of a Chemult tow truck driver fatally shot himself early today, the Klamath County district attorney’s office said.
The tow truck driver was identified as Marvin Erickson, 67. He had been shot several times.
State Police said an Oregon Department of Transportation worker found a car stuck in a snowstorm, noted the license number and called a tow truck. They said the driver of the car, Brian Pennington, 44, of Lacey, Thurston County, then reportedly shot the tow truck driver.
Pennington then drove to the parking lot of a restaurant where state police and Klamath County sheriff’s deputies were assembling after learning that Pennington was wanted in connection with the homicides in Olympia.
Pennington drove behind the restaurant and shot himself in the chest, authorities said.
Authorities say Pennington was wanted in connection with the slayings of two men found shot to death in a home in Olympia.
“The nature of the injuries is not consistent with suicide,” Olympia Police Cmdr. Tor Bjornstad said. There was no sign of forced entry or burglary at the home, and no weapon was found.
Police were called to the home around 4 p.m. yesterday after a relative of one of at least two men sharing the house found one victim in a back hallway.
When officers arrived a white car was idling in the driveway.
Neighbors yesterday said a family had lived in the home until a few months ago when the couple separated and the wife moved out with the three children. The husband had since gotten a roommate.
Chris Dickson, who lives down the road, said she heard two or three gunshots sometime after 10 p.m. but before midnight Saturday.
It was the second double homicide in the area in just over a week. Tony Tolias, 44, and his wife Ilmira, 24, were found shot to death on Harstine Island Dec. 17.
Mason County authorities have made no arrests in the case, but had questioned David W. Barnard, 37, who lived on the couple’s property.