Skooter reporting 04/28/12
The bunker of a double murder suspect believed to have been behind the deaths of his wife and daughter whose bodies were found inside a burning Washington state home earlier this week was surrounded by almost four dozen SWAT officers Friday at Rattlesnake Ridge, south of North Bend. The 41-year-old Peter Keller was presumed to be hiding there.
Police said they heard and saw movement in the bunker so they pumped tear gas into the structure in the Cascade foothills east of Seattle. However, they were not sure if the gas penetrated deep enough to reach Peter Keller who they believed was the person inside. They also presumed that the person inside likely has a gas mask.
Sheriff’s officials attempted to communicate with the person inside the structure through megaphone so far, they received no response. Sheriff Steve Strachan said that the individual could be waiting for them to come in and get him. This is a very fluid and dangerous situation and the standoff could last hours or even days, he said.
Based on court documents, Keller had been preparing for "the end of the world" and had stashed weapons and food in the woods. People who knew him described him as a “survivalist” with a “distaste for authority.” He owned handguns, rifles, silencers and body armor, as told by his colleagues at an IT firm.
Swat officers told sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West that the bunker seemingly to be remarkably fortified. The bunker had been constructed for some eight years, West believed. The secret structure was located by police from photographs found in his home.
Keller was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and a single count of arson. The bodies of his wife Lynnettee Keller, 41, and daughter, Kaylene, 19, were found shot dead inside a burning home in North Bend, about 30 miles southeast of Seattle, on Sunday.