NH woman, two children slain in Washington State, father kills himselfStaff Report
March 14. 2018 9:02AM
A New Hampshire woman and her two young children were shot to death in a murder-suicide in Washington state Tuesday, police said.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Department detective Ed Troyer said the alleged shooter, Clinton Field, 29, was a member of the Air Force stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.
Police said the airman shot his wife, daughter and son at their home in Spanaway, about 45 miles south of Seattle. He then killed himself. The Prince County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as Samantha Field, 32; Ava Field, 4; and Ashen Field, 2.
Authorities say the children were shot while sleeping; their mother also was shot in bed.
A handgun found near Field’s body is believed to be the only weapon used, Troyer said.
The airman was deployed to South Korea before returning to the U.S. about 14 months ago, Troyer said.
Another Prince County Sheriff spokesman said Tuesday night that Clinton Field had family in Florida while his late wife, Samantha, had family in New Hampshire.
According to property records, Clinton P. and Samantha Field were the owners of the 5707 209th St. E. home where the shooting occurred.
Daine Patton, who sold the home a year ago to the family, told KOMO, a Seattle TV station, in an interview that it was a “tragic” situation.
“It really breaks my heart for those kids ... to be killed by their father. That’s horrible,” Patton said.
According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, a man called 911 early Tuesday morning to admit to the homicides and told law enforcement that he would be taking his own life.
Witnesses told police they heard gunshots coming from the home at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Troyer said investigators learned that Field had been upset and had mentioned suicide in the past, according to KOMO. Family members say the couple may have had a divorce proceeding about to start, Troyer said.
Union Leader reporters Michael Cousineau and Kevin Landrigan contributed to this report.