Clark County Medical Examiner identifies victim, suspect of May 3 murder-suicide in Battle Ground


Battle Ground resident Rita Sizemore, 50, was shot by Leon Garcia, who then shot himself

BATTLE GROUND — The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim and the suspect of the May 3 murder-suicide that took place in Battle Ground.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of the deceased victim and suspect of a murder-suicide that took place May 3 in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of the deceased victim and suspect of a murder-suicide that took place May 3 in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz

The medical examiner’s report indicated that 50-year-old Rita G. Sizemore died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. Leon A. Garcia, 54, of Battle Ground, died of a gunshot wound to the head. The report indicated that Garcia was believed to have shot himself in the head with a rifle.

At 1:30 p.m. Sun., May 3, deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 13600 block of NE 319th Street on the report of an apparent suicide. A male and female adult were located inside the residence. 

Detectives with the Clark County Major Crimes Unit  are investigating.  

Information in this report was provided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark Co. WA Communications.

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