CCSO identifies those involved in Orchards murder-suicide

The Clark County Sheriff's Office has tentatively identified the deceased in the investigation of Sunday’s murder-suicide in the Orchards neighborhood.

The suspect is believed to be 64-year-old Stuart K. Rouse

There are multiple reports identifying those involved in the apparent murder-suicide from Sunday. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will tentatively identify the deceased in this investigation. 

The suspect is believed to be Stuart K. Rouse, 64, and the victims are believed to be:

  • Cristina S. Rouse, 62
  • Ronald E. Rouse, 57
  • Kristina T. Rouse, 33
  • Melissa A. Rouse, 19

Official identification of the deceased will come from the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office as part of their investigation.

Investigation continues

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit continues its investigation. The victims appear to be the wife of the suspect, their two adult daughters, and the suspect’s adult brother. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting autopsies of the deceased.  

To clarify the timeline of the event, Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) did not receive a call from the reporting party until just after 1:06 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 3). The text message from the suspected shooter was sent to the reporting party more than four hours before that time but was not discovered by the reporting party until later in the day. The Sheriff’s Office responded to the Welfare Check call once dispatch had been called.

Initial report

On Sunday at 1:06 p.m., the CCSO responded to a welfare check in the 11500 Block of NE 92nd Street in the Orchards Neighborhood. A reporting party had requested CCSO check on their family after receiving a text message from a family member stating they had harmed others at the residence. 

CCSO arrived on scene and attempted to contact those at the residence and were unsuccessful. Based on the information about harm to others, possible firearm involvement, and being unable to reach any of the family members in the home, patrol requested the assistance of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team. 

CCSO deployed an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into the home and found several people who appeared to be deceased. SWAT operators and Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) medics entered the residence and confirmed that five people were deceased inside. 

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit (MCU) was called to the scene to investigate. 

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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