Authorities say an argument over a doctor's appointment led a Maple Valley man to kill his wife and shoot his teenage stepdaughter, according to documents filed yesterday in King...

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Authorities say an argument over a doctor’s appointment led a Maple Valley man to kill his wife and shoot his teenage stepdaughter, according to documents filed yesterday in King County Superior Court.

The 33-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder and assault. Bail was set at $1 million.

The man has not been charged, and The Seattle Times usually does not name suspects until they are.

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The man, his 32-year-old wife and the daughter recently moved from Utah into a duplex of the woman’s mother in the 25400 block of 213th Avenue Southeast, sheriff’s deputies said.

According to court documents, the man and his wife began arguing at about 7 a.m. Wednesday over whether he should go to a doctor’s appointment she had made for him. He didn’t want to go, and for the next few hours, the argument grew heated, court documents say.

The man eventually went into the master bedroom, retrieved a 30.06 hunting rifle and began loading two rounds into the gun, deputies said. The woman saw what he was doing and fled into an adjacent bathroom with her daughter, locking the door, deputies said.

Seconds later, the man fired a round through the door, and the bullet struck the daughter in her right hand, deputies said.

The man then forced the door open and shot his wife at point-blank range in front of her daughter, according to court documents.

Deputies arrived about 9:50 a.m. and found the woman on the floor in the bedroom, shot in the stomach. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she died later that day.

Deputies found her daughter at a neighbor’s house. She was taken to a local hospital and was expected to recover, deputies said.


Investigators with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office have not released the name of the woman who died, pending notification of relatives.

Deputies said yesterday they had not been called to the home before, but they were still investigating whether the family had a history of domestic violence in other states.

Jessica Blanchard: 206-464-3896 or jblanchard@seattletimes.com