A 25-year-old Aberdeen man has been arrested on charges that include second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 33-year-old Aberdeen man in Junction City on Sunday morning.
The victim was identified by Grays Harbor County Coroner Robert G. Kegel as David Alan Rhodes. No further details were released; an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday to determine the cause and manner of death, said Kegel.
Security guards from the nearby Sierra Pacific mill called 911 around 3:45 a.m. to report a man running in the road in the 300 block of Hagara Street saying he had been assaulted and sprayed with bear spray by an unknown male, according to a statement from Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Brad Johansson.
Deputies contacted a witness who “eventually told them a male had been shot and killed at the residence of the 25-year-old male who had been sprayed with the bear spray,” said Johansson. Deputies located the deceased man and detectives were called in to investigate.
Investigators secured a search warrant at the residence and shortly after that, the 25-year-old man who had been sent to the hospital for treatment related to the bear spray, was arrested and booked into the county jail for second-degree murder, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to deliver, according to Johansson.
The suspect has not yet been formally charged. County Prosecutor Katie Svoboda anticipates formal charges Wednesday.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Sergeant Darrin Wallace at 360-249-3711.