BELLEVUE – After a combined investigation with the King County Medical Examiner, Bellevue Police have determined that two shooting deaths in a home in the Lake Hills neighborhood Monday were a murder-suicide, triggered by a dispute over an electricity bill.
On Monday, Oct. 23, shortly after 6 p.m., Justin Horne, a tenant at the home on the 16200 block of Southeast 7th Street, confronted the homeowner, 37-year-old Wade Tyler, about the electricity to the house being shut off earlier that day. Tyler, who lived in the home with Horne, 25, and a second renter, a 22-year-old man, had apparently failed to pay the utility bill.
The other tenant was in the home that evening, as was a 21-year-old female friend of Horne’s.
According to the two witnesses’ accounts, supported by the physical evidence, the argument escalated until Tyler produced a double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun. Tyler fired one shot into Horne’s chest at very close range. He then turned the weapon on himself and shot again.
The witnesses called 911 and Bellevue Police and Fire units responded. They located Tyler, already deceased. Paramedics transported Horne to Harborview Medical Center, where he died of his injuries shortly after. The weapon was located at the scene, and both witnesses confirmed there were no other people involved. The witnesses provided detailed statements regarding the incident.
Officers closed the street and contained the scene immediately on arrival. Less than an hour later, detectives arrived and began investigating. Bellevue’s forensic technician provided technical support at the scene.
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