KITTITAS – The suspect in the shooting that occurred yesterday at the Auvil Fruit Company was located near 6 am this morning, dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head north of Royal City.

Around 6 am this morning, Friday 8/28, Ismael Garcia was found deceased, hidden under a tarp in an orchard in the area where the pickup was abandoned. He died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Grant and Kittitas County Detectives responded to investigate the scene and confirm the end of this sad incident.

Sheriff Clay Myers underlined the vital interagency cooperation that an incident like this calls for: “We are once again grateful for the outstanding relationship between our office and our local and neighboring Law Enforcement partners. In addition to our county-wide Special Response Team, this investigation benefited from the assistance of the Washington State Patrol, the Ellensburg Police Department, and Central Washington University Police. Our neighbors in Grant County committed resources and personnel to the search for a threat to both our counties. We thank all our partners and neighbors for their response.”


See this week’s Tribune (Sept. 3, 2020) for full coverage on this story.