Mother, children shot dead by Spanaway man, identified
March 14, 2018
(PIERCE COUNTY, WA.) -- The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has identified members of a Spanaway family that was found dead in their home early Tuesday, the result of a triple homicide-suicide.
The sheriff's office says the father in the family, Clinton Field, 29, shot and killed his son and daughter, 2-year-old Ashen and 4-year-old Ava while they slept in their beds and then fatally shot his wife, Samantha Field. The couple had been married for five years.
Friends and family members said Clinton Field made some suicidal comments that had to do with the potential end of his marriage prior to the murders. He reportedly posted on Facebook and sent a text message to his father prior to dialing 911 around 1:00 am Tuesday to say he had killed his family and was going to kill himself at the family home in the 5700 block of 209th Street East.
By the time officers arrived it was too late. All were dead. Police recovered a handgun at the scene.
Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer said Clinton Field had, in the past sought treatment for depression and recently was upset about the deteriorating state of his marriage.
Field was an administrator in the Air Force and based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Pierce County.