Long Beach trailer park shooter turns gun on self in front of officers

Long Beach, WA – On April 7th, 2014 at 1150 am, the Pacific County Communications Center received a 911 call advising that a person had been shot in the Safe Haven trailer park located in the 1300 block of Pacific Avenue North in Long Beach. The call further advised that the person had been shot in the arm and leg region. The victim managed to leave the area and stated that several shots were still being fired.
Several officers and deputies responded to the scene. Once at the scene, officers began to look for the suspected shooter. In doing so, officers and deputies started to help evacuate the area as an active shooter was still at large. Officers and deputies located the suspect and he went into a trailer at the park. Dialogue was attempted with the suspected shooter. That proved unsuccessful. Officers and deputies noticed smoke that started to emerge from the trailer and through the roof from the inside.
The suspected shooter emerged from the front door of the trailer a short time later armed with a firearm. The suspect brandished the firearm and began to walk away from the trailer. A short distance later, the suspected shooter killed himself with the firearm. The trailer that the suspect was in became fully involved with flames and quickly was destroyed. Initial reports indicate that the victim and the shooter knew each other and both were believed to reside in the trailer park. The Long Beach Police Department is investigating the situation and the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The Pacific County Fire Investigation Team is investigating the origin of the fire. Several law enforcement and emergency services agencies assisted with the incident.

Warrant Arrest for Kidnapping Suspect

Subsequently Hoquiam and Aberdeen police were notified Rath was hold up in the trailer and not responding to the order of deputies to come out. Officers from all three agencies secured the immediate area around the trailer park and had some residents leave their trailers and the area around the trailer park.
 
After about 1.5 hours Grays Harbor K-9 Officer Crawford, his dog Gizmo and members of the Grays Harbor and Aberdeen SWAT teams went to the door of the trailer. Crawford called out a warning that the K-9 would be sent into the trailer if the man did not come out. Once again there was no response from Rath. Gizmo entered the trailer followed by his handler Deputy Crawford and the SAWT officers. Rath was located hiding in a storage area under the bed. When officers could see him and ordered him to come out he still did not respond. Rath was bitten by the K-9 during the process of the officers arresting him. 
 
Rath was treated at the scene by paramedics of the Hoquiam Fire Department and transported to Community Hospital. After his release from the hospital he will be booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on the Kidnapping warrant.
 
At the time of this release I do not have the information on the nature of the injuries sustained by Rath. 
 

 This is also another great example of the cooperation and professionalism displayed by the deputies of Grays Harbor County and the Hoquiam and Aberdeen officers.