After a 22-hour standoff, police blew the top off a rugged mountain
bunker near Seattle on Saturday, only to find their suspect — a man
believed to be a murder suspect who holed up there — dead of a
self-inflicted gunshot wound inside.
Authorities had not positively
identified the body as 41-year-old Peter Keller, who hadn’t been seen
since his wife and daughter were found shot to death last weekend, King
County sheriff’s Sgt. Katie Larson said.
A bomb squad cleared the bunker,
built into a ridge in the Cascade Mountains, to make sure there were no
booby-traps before detectives entered. Officers shouted warnings before
blowing the roof, Larson said. Tear gas pumped into the bunker didn’t
work on Friday. With clear weather and a fresh police commando team in
place Saturday morning, it was time to act more aggressively, she said.
It wasn’t clear if any officers had heard the gunshot from inside the bunker, she said.