Shelton suicide attempt leads to explosion and fire

A 35-year-old Shelton man is in the hospital after apparently setting off an explosion in his garage south of Shelton Wednesday night, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a home on the 100 block of Southeast Shadowood Boulevard at about 9 p.m. Wednesday after a friend reported that the man there may have taken his life. But when deputies and officers from the Shelton Police Department and the Squaxin Island Department of Public Safety arrived, they determined that the man was alive but had barricaded himself in the garage, said Detective William Adam of the sheriff’s office. The man told them he was armed.

There was an explosion inside the garage that blew off the garage door. Deputies and officers pulled the man to safety, but he was transported to Mason General Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Adam said. His condition was unavailable.

Mason County Fire Districts 4, 5, 11 and 16 all responded to the scene and put out the fire.

The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad searched the home this morning to look for alleged “booby traps” and other explosives, Adam said.

The 35-year-old man was wanted on suspicion of domestic violence after deputies responded to the same residence Tuesday night when they received a report that the suspect had allegedly assaulted his wife, made threats to kill her and fled the scene. Deputies believed that he possessed multiple firearms, Adams said.