ORCHARDS, WA – A tragic incident in Orchards, Washington, left five people dead, including the alleged shooter, in a suspected murder-suicide. The grim discovery was made by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, following a distressing text message sent by one of the occupants of the house.
The text message, received by a family member, indicated that harm had been inflicted on the individuals inside the residence. This prompted an immediate response from the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team. The team, responding to the potential threat of a firearm, entered the home around 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Before entering, the police deployed a drone to survey the situation inside the house. The drone’s footage revealed the horrifying scene of multiple people who appeared to be deceased. Despite the swift response and the presence of emergency medical personnel, it was too late. All five adults within the residence were confirmed dead.
The tragic event occurred in a community located approximately 18 miles north of Portland, Oregon. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, while yet to release additional information, has indicated that the deaths appear to be a case of murder-suicide.
The Sheriff’s Office has not yet responded to requests for further details on the incident. The investigation into this tragic event continues, as the community grapples with the shock of the sudden loss.