A lone gunman killed his parents and a neighbor during deadly spree of shootings and arsons before he died in his burning pick-truck after firefight with cops on Wednesday
Another neighbor was also injured by the gunman who is yet to be identified, before he engaged cops in a shootout from his burning vehicle in West Richland, Washington
His pickup truck was engulfed in flames in the battle and ammunition inside exploded – his burned corpse was later hauled from the wreckage
The 43-year-old male suspect had earlier killed local restaurant owner, Emil Robert ‘Bob’ Zlatich Jr., at his home in Finley
Zlatich’s adult son, also named Emil Robert Zlatich , was shot and remains in hospital in Spokane
Father and son were neighbors and shared a common driveway
The suspect allegedly, is a neighbor whose property was behind the two Zlatich homes
The arsonist torched three home and two worker’s union buildings during his rampage
The two victims were found in the third burned home in East Kennewick
The truck driver and suspected arsonist is yet to be identified by late Wednesday
However, neighbors said the couple found dead in the third burned home were his parents.
A gunman killed three people during a deadly spree of shootings and arsons before dying in his burning truck after a firefighter with law enforcement officers in Washington on Wednesday.
The gunman who died in a shootout with police is believed to have killed his parents and a neighbor and shot another man during Wednesday’s fiery rampage.
The unidentified suspect was discovered in West Richland after rampaging across nearby Finley and Kennewick, shooting and setting buildings alight in the early hours of the morning.
The suspect had also set buildings belonging to a labor union, on fire according to KEPR.
Local media reports say the discovery of the Kennewick couple believed to be suspect’s parents came a few hours after the 43-year-old man died in his burning pickup truck during a shootout with four officers.
Investigators said the suspect set fire to at least three houses, including his own, and two union halls, as well as sparking several smaller grass fires in his wake.
The other victims were identified as Emil “Bobby” Zlatich Jr., the former owner of a Zip’s restaurant in the Tri-Cities, who body was found in a burning house in Finley.
Zlatich’s eldest son who is also named Emil Robert Zlatich, was shot and wounded, family members revealed.
The series of events began in Finley when authorities were called about several fires and a shooting just before 4 AM. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the yard and two homes in flames in the area of East Finley Road near Two Rivers Park.
After fire fighters put out the fires, investigators found the body of a victim inside the second homes.
Relatives confirmed that Emil Robert ‘Bob’ Zlatich Junior, was killed in the shooting and arson at a home in Finley. His oldest son, Emil Robert Zlatich, was the other injured victim. The men [father and son], were neighbors and their property shared a driveway. Police confirmed that the suspect may be a neighbor who lived behind the house where the shooting was reported.
The younger Zlatich is recovering at a hospital in Spokane.
Police confirmed that the suspect may be a neighbor who lived behind the house where the shooting was reported. The neighbor’s house was also on fire and his truck was missing, authorities said.
Records show the 43-yeqr-old suspect previously owned a small construction firm in the Tri-Cities.
Benton County law enforcement officers were told to watch for an orange Dodge pickup with a canopy driven by a man wearing a ballistic helmet and tactical gear and armed with an assault rifle.
The suspect then set more fires throughout Benton County and carried set two fires in facilities belonging to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers labor union in Kennewick.
About 4:47 a.m. fire was reported at the IBEW on N. Edison Street. At 7:20 a.m., another fire was reported at an IBEW building on Gage Blvd.
Someone had broken into both buildings and the fires appeared to be intentionally set, police said.
The missing orange pickup truck was spotted by State Patrol troopers heading toward West Richland round 6:30 am. Officers were reportedly, told to back off and “give him some space,” and eventually the driver started to slow down. He reportedly was swerving and then flames erupted and the eventually truck came.
The driver was the sole occupant and he shot several rounds at cops from the truck, prompting four officers to return fire.
According to the police report, the vehicle somehow became engulfed in flames and ammunition was heard exploding from inside. The burned body of the gunman was later discovered inside his vehicle.
With ammunition exploding inside, firefighters were kept back from the truck for safety reasons and it burned for at least 30 minutes before an armored SWAT vehicle could pull up close and douse some of the flames.
The truck driver and suspected arsonist had yet to be identified by late Wednesday, but by noon when someone called police to report a problem at a home on South Gum Street in east Kennewick. The couple was found inside and part of the house was burned.
Neighbors said the deceased couple were the arsonist’s parents.