Deputy say a woman was shot to death and that a man was found dead in the home, possibly a suspect in the woman's death.

Share story

A woman was shot to death in a home in Covington Thursday, leading to a three-hour standoff that ended when a SWAT team found the body of a man in another room in the home, possibly a suspect in the earlier homicide, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies responded around 1:40 p.m. to a report of a shooting at a house in the 25000 block of 180th Avenue Southeast. At the house, they found a 30-year-old woman dead. They also removed several uninjured people, including a baby, from the home, said King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott.

Deputies then surrounded the house for several hours, searching for the suspected shooter. Using a camera and robot to peer into a bedroom in the house, deputies found the man lying on a bed with a shotgun. The 32-year-old man had an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, Abbott said. Deputies believe the woman was killed with a shotgun, he said.

The sheriff’s office did not immediately identify the man as the suspect in the first shooting, but deputies were not searching for any other suspects, Abbott said. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the two people.

The man and woman both lived at the house, which had multiple bedrooms rented out, Abbott said. Further details were not immediately known.

The home is located near Crestwood Elementary School, but the school was closed Thursday for winter break, according to the school district.