ILLAHEE - An Illahee woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the death of her husband, which police believe happened at their Illahee Road home. She is being held on $1 million bail in the Kitsap County jail.
The couple, Bill and Darlene Green, have lived in the waterfront home on the 5900 block of Illahee Road for about 25 years, according to neighbors.
Police cars with lights flashing lined Illahee Road above the elderly couple’s steep driveway in the quiet neighborhood Friday afternoon. A single line of yellow police tape was drawn across the driveway.
Deputies were called to the house at 4:46 p.m. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Wilson said one of the couple’s four sons called 911 to report the shooting. The son had been told about the incident by Darlene Green, Wilson said.
Over police scanners, dispatchers at the county 911 service were heard telling emergency responders that "mom shot dad."
The sheriff’s office would not release information about how Bill Green was killed, except to say he died of "apparent homicidal violence."
The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office will make the official determination about how he died after an autopsy, Wilson said.
When police arrived to the couple’s home Friday afternoon, 79-year-old Darlene Green was on the couple’s porch and her 81-year-old husband was found in the entryway of the house, Wilson said. Medical aid crews also responded, but Bill Green was dead when they arrived, he said.
Green did not resist deputies and was detained immediately. Wearing a nightgown and restrained with handcuffs, she was seen being led toward a patrol car shortly after police arrived at the home.
Sheriff’s deputies have responded to the couple’s house three times before for reports of domestic violence, but none since 2006, Wilson said.
The flashing lights quickly caught the attention of neighbors who knew the couple or their children. They were shocked when they heard what happened.
One neighbor who didn’t want to be identified recalled the couple as affectionate and loving toward each other.
Jim Aho, who lives next door to the Greens, called them good neighbors and said Bill Green was always willing to lend a hand on a yard project when asked.
The couple was retired, Bill Green from Puget Power and Darlene Green from Keyport, Aho said. Darlene Green also used to volunteer at Harrison Medical Center, he said.
"Bill was just one sweet guy, he was just one real helpful neighbor," Aho said.