FREELAND, Wash. — Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide during a child custody exchange Friday on Whidbey Island.
The Island County Sheriff’s Office says it responded to a domestic disturbance call during the exchange at about 3:30 p.m. on South Whidbey. Before officials arrived, the sheriff’s office say a 42-year-old man fled the area with a 32-year-old woman and their baby.
He later shot and killed the woman and then himself outside Freeland, the sheriff’s office said in a release. The infant was not harmed.
The Island County Medical Examiner identified the victim as 31-year-old Natasha Blouin of Freeland, Washington. The suspect is identified as 42-year-old John Meadows of Greenbank, Washington.
Other information about the incident was not released.
This is a developing story and will be updated