Long Beach man opens fire on trailer park, takes his own life

A Long Beach man allegedly shot another man in the leg, fired shots around his trailer park and made threats to law enforcement before taking his own life on Monday.

Pacific County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock said the man allegedly shot the victim, then fired shots in the trailer park in the 1300 block of North Pacific Avenue “in a very reckless manner.”

He barricaded himself inside his trailer, where he threatened law enforcement before the trailer apparently caught fire.

“We believe he probably set the trailer on fire,” Matlock said. The cause is under investigation.

He then came out of the trailer carrying a firearm before shooting himself, Matlock said.

Some reports were received of other shots being fired before the man took his own life, and it is not yet clear whether those were fired by the man or were actually items exploding inside the burning trailer.

The Long Beach Fire Department and Pacific County Fire District 1 responded to the fire. One pickup truck was damaged.

“Originally, before the aid crews had arrived, officers had put spike strips around the entrances in case the suspect tried to flee,” Matlock said.

The driver of the fire department’s pickup truck did not see the strips and drove over them, damaging the tires.

Matlock said the suspect may have had an argument with the man he shot. A full investigation will be conducted to find out what caused him to open fire.

The Long Beach Police Department responded with assistance from the Sheriff’s Office, the Raymond Police Department, state Fish and Wildlife officers and the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.


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