Police Blow Wash. Mountain Bunker, Find Man Dead

By: AP
By: AP

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state man who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a mountain bunker Saturday spent eight years carving his hideout in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Authorities had spent a week looking for 41-year-old Peter Keller after he allegedly shot and killed his wife and 18-year-old daughter and set the family's home on fire.

During a 22-hour standoff at Keller's bunker police teams pumped in tear gas, called him over bullhorns and finally set off explosives along the top of the bunker.

Police discovered Keller already dead. A handgun was next to his body.

Keller's family had described him as a gun enthusiast who had a "survivalist mentality."

A sheriff's sergeant says the bunker was fortified with at least 13 guns inside, propane tanks, a large gun scope, gas cans and binoculars. Police photos show stacks of ammunition in plastic bags on shelves.

In the hunt for Keller, it took a grueling seven hours to reach the hideout, during which some officers were treated intravenously for dehydration, and one broke his ankle.


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