Kittitas Co. Sheriff: Gunman in fatal shooting near Vantage found dead

Ismael Garcia

1:15 p.m. UPDATE: The sheriff’s office provided new details on the manhunt and discovery of Ismael Garcia’s body:

Around 1 p.m. Thursday, they say Garcia shot crew chief Ismael Suarez-Serrano in the head. Another orchard worker witnessed the shooting and said Garcia left in a Auvil Fruit Company pickup heading northbound toward I-90. Deputies, troopers and medics came to take the victim to Wanapum State Park for a Lifeflight airlift but he died. The coroner then took Suarez-Serrano’s body to Ellensburg.

The Kittitas County Special Response Team, which was training at the time, was sent to Vantage to search for Garcia. The team has members from several different law enforcement agencies. They secured access routes and searched the Vantage area. Around 3:30 p.m., members of Garcia’s family said he was on Frenchman Hills Rd in Grant County, and “an emergency ping of Garcia’s phone confirmed he was in that area.” Around 6:30 p.m., the pickup was found near Road D SW. K9’s tracked Garcia until night fell.

Around 6 a.m. Friday, Garcia was found dead, “hidden under a tarp in an orchard in the area where the pickup was abandoned.” It appears he shot himself in the head, according to detectives from Grant and Kittitas counties.

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. – Ismael Garcia, the suspect in a fatal shooting on an orchard near Vantage on Thursday, has been found dead with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Kittitas County detectives are currently investigating in an orchard near Road D SW in Grant County where his body was found. The getaway vehicle he fled in was found in that area on Thursday.

On Thursday, Garcia allegedly shot a co-worker in an orchard at the Auvil Fruit Company south of Vantage.

Thank you to everyone who worked with us yesterday to protect the public and bring an end to this dangerous and tragic situation,” the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a social media post.

A nationwide search warrant was out for his arrest before he was found dead around 6 a.m. Friday morning.

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