CHESAW — Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday seized weapons and ammunition from a Chesaw residence, across a remote road from where a grouse hunter was shot and killed on Monday.
The hunter, whose wife was notified Tuesday night, was Michael R. Carrigan, 52, of Hoquiam, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.
Rogers said no one has been arrested, but deputies searched a home at 470 Pontiac Ridge Road and questioned the residents, a father and son.
He said the house is about 100 yards from where Carrigan was shot.
Carrigan’s hunting partner, George R. Stover, 65, also of Hoquiam, near Aberdeen, told deputies that they were driving up Cow Camp Road at about 7 p.m. when they saw a grouse, and Carrigan got out of their truck to shoot it. After firing twice and missing, he heard another shot and turned to see Carrigan with blood on him fall to the ground. When Stover heard a second shot, he slid over to the driver’s seat and drove away, the sheriff said.
He called for help from another residence.
Rogers said when deputies arrived, Carrigan was dead.
He said deputies are investigating the scene as a homicide, and have been assisted by state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers, U.S. Border Patrol agents, and the Washington State Crime Lab.
“We seized a lot of evidence,” Rogers said. He said the homeowners are currently considered “persons of interest,” and the son was arrested on an unrelated warrant.