A Washington man wanted in connection to a fatal shooting authorities say started over a property dispute has turned himself in, but deputies are still seeking his son as a suspected accomplice.
Rufus A Phelps III, 62, was taken into custody in Seattle after detectives contacted him by phone and negotiated a peaceful surrender on Wednesday, the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said.
Phelps is accused of murdering a 59-year-old man in Moclips, a small community located on the Pacific Coast of Washington state.
Deputies had responded to a report of a shooting around 1:40 p.m. on Monday in the 100 block of Otis Avenue in Moclips. The victim was found with multiple gunshot wounds, and the suspect had fled the scene.
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Neighbors and witnesses identified Phelps as a suspect, according to authorities.
Investigators have said an argument that started over a property dispute is believed to have led to the fatal shooting. No other details were immediately available.
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Detectives later developed probable cause to arrest Phelps’ son, 32-year-old Rufus A. Phelps IV, as an accomplice, the sheriff’s office said.
The elder Phelps was booked into the county jail on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The younger Phelps is wanted on those same charges.
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