A father who was allegedly shot dead by his own son told his other son to call 911 just minutes before he was killed alongside his wife last week.
Deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department found the bodies of Steven Standley, 55, and Theresa Standley, 56, Wednesday just after 7pm.
The deputies responded to a home in the 23000 block of 162nd St. E. near South Prairie after a caller insisted on a welfare check for his parents.
The bodies of Steven Standley (left), 55, and Theresa Standley (right), 56, were found Wednesday just after 7pm inside their Washington state home
They were allegedly killed by their 21-year-old son, Jared Standley (pictured), 21, who was early Thursday morning outside a Comfort Inn about 55 miles away from the crime scene
According to KOMO News, the caller told dispatchers that his brother, had anger problems and had just shown up from out of town, had possibly obtained a gun and was going to be talking to their father soon.
‘The father told his son, ‘if you don’t hear from me in 20 minutes, call 911,” Det Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department told the station.
Deputies said the caller waited the 20 minutes and dialed 911. He said he became worried after his father didn’t respond to several phone calls.
When the deputies arrived at the home, they found a bullet hole in the window of the front door.
Upon entering the home, they found the Standley’s bodies. The gunman had already fled the scene.
After releasing a statewide notice about the suspect, a Tumwater police officer found him around 1.15am inside a rental car at the Comfort Inn on 74th Ave. SW in Tumwater and called the Thurston County sheriff’s office for backup, according to KOMO News.
The driver of the vehicle allegedly sped toward a deputy who tried approaching the car.
Subsequently, the sergeant opened fire and struck the driver in the shoulder. The driver was later identified as 21-year-old Jared Standley.
After releasing a statewide notice about the suspect, a Tumwater police officer found him around 1.15am inside a rental car at the Comfort Inn (pictured) in Tumwater. He was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder on Monday
Standley was arrested and taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
In an interview with detectives, Standley reportedly said he killed his parents because he ‘hates his parents so much’.
Standley admitted when he went to the home, he killed his mother by beating her to death with a bat before his father returned home, according to KOMO News.
When his father arrived, he tried to lure him inside so ‘he could shoot him quietly or stab him with a knife,’ court documents show.
His father then ran into the home as Jared followed him. The father tried to hold the front door shut, but moments later, Jared allegedly shot him in the head through a glass panel in the door.
He told detectives: ‘I don’t feel like a gunshot to the head is really that upsetting… But I, I was fairly apologetic about having to bludgeon (his mother) Terry twice.’
Jared Standley was charged Monday with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
If convicted of the charges, he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole and the possibility of the death penalty.