Last night, Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 9:16 PM, Deputies responded to within the 100 block of SE Shadowood Blvd., south of Shelton, to the report of a suicidal suspect previously wanted for suspicion of domestic violence assault.  A friend of the suspect had responded earlier and believed that his friend may already have taken his life.

A day earlier on Tuesday night, Mason County Sheriff Deputies had responded to the same residence to the report that the suspect had assaulted his wife, had made threats to kill and then fled the scene.  The suspect was believed to possess multiple firearms.

Upon arrival on Wednesday night, Mason County Sheriff Deputies along with Police Officers from the Shelton Police Department and the Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety all responded when it was ascertained that the suspect was alive, that he had barricaded himself in his garage and that he claimed to have firearms.  Officers and Deputies began to back away from the residence when there was a large explosion which blew the garage door off the garage.

Deputies and Officers pulled the suspect to safety where he was immediately transported to Mason General Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview Hospital in Seattle.  The 35 year old man’s condition is unknown at this time.

Mason County Fire Districts 4, 5, 11 and 16 all responded to the scene and put out the fire.

Due to the explosion and statements made about “booby traps”, the Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad will respond this morning and conduct an inspection of the property for any explosive devices.  No further information is available while the case is under investigation.