SHELTON, Wash. – A man suspected of fatally shooting two people in Shelton is now in custody.
Police say 22-year-old Charles Longshore of Shelton was arrested around 2 a.m. Friday on a highway near Shelton. He’s accused of killing 19-year-old Tyler Drake and 37-year-old Anitrea (Roxy) Leigh Taber over a debt. Their bodies were found Monday.
Two others accused of rendering criminal assistance are also in the Mason County Jail.
Les Watson with the Shelton Police Department tells us with the assistance of information developed by the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force and the Department of Corrections Community Response Unit, Charles Sydney Longshore was located and taken into custody around 1:45 Friday morning.
He is currently at the Shelton Police Department and will soon be transferred to the Mason County Jail.
The black Hyundai Santa Fe mentioned in an earlier press release was located in Centralia and stopped by Officers from the Centralia Police Department and Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputies. Although Longshore had been in the Hyundai for much of the past two days, he was not in it at the time that vehicle was located in Centralia.
Further information was developed that led Officers to believe that Longshore might be in a black Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi was spotted traveling N/B on Hwy 101 just south of Shelton by a Mason County Deputy. Deputies, along with Troopers from the Washington State Patrol, affected a traffic stop on the Mitsubishi and took Longshore into custody without incident. The female driver of the Mitsubushi is being detained for questioning.
Watson said the successful apprehension of Longshore was accomplished with assistance and interaction by a number of agencies to include the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, Department of Corrections Community Response Unit, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Shelton Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Portland Police Bureau, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Centralia Police Department, Squaxin Island Police Department, McCleary Police Department, WESTNET and the Skokomish Department of Public Safety.