Sheriff: Report of Shooting in Rural Washington State

February 26, 2016 Updated: February 26, 2016

BELFAIR, Wash.—An armed man in rural western Washington called 911 on Friday morning to say he had shot four people in a private home, local authorities said.

Officers were negotiating with the man in a private home near Belfair, but have not been able to confirm whether anyone has been shot, said Mason County Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling.

“He reported that he shot people,” Spurling said. “We haven’t been able to get into the house.”

Spurling said his officers have talked to the man and are trying to negotiate with him.

Belfair is about 25 miles southwest of Seattle.

 

AP Update: The Latest: Mason County officers trying to confirm shooting

BELFAIR, Wash.—The Latest on a shooting in Mason County (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

The Mason County sheriff’s office is involved in a standoff outside a home near Belfair, where an armed man says he has shot four people.

Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling says they have not been able to confirm whether anyone has been shot because officers have not been inside the home.

Spurling says his officers have talked to the man and are trying to negotiate with him.

A man inside the home called 911 on Friday morning to say he had shot people.

Belfair is about 25 miles southwest of Seattle.

10:24 a.m.

The Mason County sheriff’s office is reporting a shooting outside of Belfair in Mason County.

A SWAT team is on its way to a home from which someone called 911 to say he had shot four people.

Belfair is about 25 miles southwest of Seattle.