Northwest NEWS

December 13, 1999

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Former Duvall resident killed in shootout with police

by Valley View staff

   A former Duvall resident was shot and killed in a standoff with police December 7 after allegedly murdering his brother and sister-in-law at their home in the Wedgwood district of North Seattle.

   Tom Morgan, 45, who had previously lived on 40 acres belonging to the same brother on Cherry Valley Road, had recently moved in with his relatives after shooting himself in the head in an attempted suicide.

   The King County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Casey Morgan, 42, and Karen Morgan, 43, died of multiple shotgun wounds.

   A Seattle Police Department spokesman said neighbors called 911 after hearing shots at about 6:30 a.m. Officers responded and attempted communication with Morgan, the spokesman said, but Morgan broke off communication at about 8:30 a.m. Morgan then came out of the house firing a shotgun at police. Police fired back, killing Morgan instantly.

   Acquaintances said he had recently been upset because he said his brother and sister-in-law would not let him keep his three cocker spaniels in the house. Police said that a note was found inside the Wedgwood house that said Morgan was going to kill his relatives and himself.