Two Washington state brothers dead from gunshot wounds in strange family quarrel
October 10, 2017
(WINLOCK, WA.) -- It was, to say the least, a shocking and puzzling end to what should have been a day of celebration at a family's residence: a woman rescued after falling into a well.
But the successful rescue was not the end of the matter.
The Lewis County Sheriff's office says a man shot his brother to death before turning a gun on himself and committing suicide last Sunday night, just hours after their sister was rescued after falling down a well in Winlock.
Winlock is a tiny hamlet of just 1300 people in Lewis County, in the southwest portion of the state.
The deadly day started just after 4 pm in the 600 block of Tennessee Road when aid crews responded to a report of a 63-year-old woman falling into a deep well.
The woman had reportedly gone out to drop chlorine into the well when the floorboards gave way and she fell through.
As aid crews and law officers worked to rescue the woman, her two younger brothers, one 56 and the other 59-years old, got into a verbal argument at the scene and the 59-year old was asked to leave due to his disruptive behavior, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Eventually rescue crews pulled the woman from the well to safety and took her to a local hospital for treatment. Then about 6:30 pm the 59-year old brother returned to the scene where the woman was pulled from the well and, according to witnesses, shot his younger brother multiple times then turned the gun on himself.
Both died from the gunshots wounds.
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