On 06/15/16 at approximately 8:15 PM RiverCom dispatch received a call from a subject who reported a burglar was at her residence and had shot one of her family members. Deputies responded to the scene which was in the 2600 Blk. of 10th St. NE near East Wenatchee. Units from the East Wenatchee Police Department and Washington State Patrol also arrived to assist. They found two injured males at the location. One appeared to have gunshot wounds. The other appeared to have been stabbed and may also have had a gunshot wound. Both were transported to Confluence Hospital. At the time of this release, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies, crime scene team members, and detectives are at the scene of the incident and at the hospital working on the investigation. The condition of the two wounded persons is not known. No further information can be released at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Thus far, the investigation indicates that on 06/15/16 at 8:15 PM RiverCom dispatch received a call from a female who reported that her house was being burglarized and that her father had been shot. When Deputies arrived they found the suspect, later identified as 35 year old Seth Williams of East Wenatchee, and the male homeowner facing each other in the street in front of the residence. The Deputies could see both parties were injured. Williams was subdued. Both men were transported to Confluence Hospital. Williams passed away at about 12:15 AM while in surgery. The victim was released to go home on Thursday morning.
Physical evidence, interviews with the victim, and interviews with witnesses revealed that at approximately 8:10 PM the homeowner at the residence noticed a red pickup pull in his driveway. He recognized the driver as Seth Williams. The two had known each other as fellow veterans for about five months. As the victim approached the truck, Williams produced a rifle from inside the vehicle and shot at the victim. The round grazed the front of his chest. The victim, who was armed with a 9 mm pistol, chose to retreat towards the road. The rifle used by Williams had jammed with the first shot. Williams came after the victim carrying a knife and swinging a set of binoculars by the strap. The victim was able to deflect the binoculars, but Williams was able to stab him in the leg with the knife. The victim drew his pistol and shot Williams several times. At this point, law enforcement officials arrived and took custody of Williams and requested medical aid for both men.
A related case occurred at 1800 hours that same day when the victim reported a burglary at the residence. Family members spotted a male leaving the a shop area carrying a duffle bag. The male fled in a red pickup. Investigators found a shop window had been broken to gain entry. Williams is suspected to have been the intruder. Additional details are being gathered by investigators.
No clear motive has been identified, but Williams may have been struggling with emotional issues. An autopsy has been ordered and additional investigation is being completed. The evidence available suggests the this was a case of self-defense by the victim.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal