A Pierce County sheriff's spokesman said investigators believe the man shot his girlfriend, then fled on foot with a firearm and stole a van from a business in Puyallup.
Canadian authorities on Monday arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting his girlfriend in Puyallup, then fleeing to Canada.
The man, identified as Jordan Eaton by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, was wanted in connection with the shooting that took place earlier in the day.
The shooting, reported at 4:14 a.m., occurred in a residence in the 15100 block of 71st Avenue East, in the South Hill area, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Ed Troyer. Investigators believe the 26-year-old man shot his girlfriend inside the home, then fled on foot with a firearm before stealing a van from a business on Valley Avenue Northwest in Puyallup, Troyer said.
From there, deputies believe Eaton abandoned the van in Blaine and illegally crossed the border into Canada. He was found at a hospital by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Surrey, British Columbia, and was arrested after a short pursuit, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
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Eaton was armed when arrested, according to the sheriff’s office, and the stolen van was recovered by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives are working with Canadian authorities on his extradition, the statement said.
Seattle Times staff reporter Asia Fields contributed to this report.