A 12-year-old girl escaped from the rural home in what the sheriff calls a "horrific tragedy."
What we know about the shootout
Authorities first report that the man called 911 at 9:37 a.m. Friday, saying he shot his wife and children and was holding a gun to his head.
Mason County Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling clarified how authorities were notified of the shooting. He says the gunman called an officer he had dealt with in the past.
A welfare check was requested.
Mid-standoff, the sheriff's office said a child was taken from outside the house alive after she escaped. Authorities initially said she was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
KIRO 7 Chopper video showed someone being led to an ambulance, but it's unclear if it was the child.
Authorities negotiated with the man for about three hours before a SWAT team entered the home near Belfair, about 25 miles southwest of Seattle, and found the people dead.
The suspect walked outside and shot himself in front of law enforcement around 1 p.m.
“It’s a terrible tragedy,” said Sheriff Casey Salisbury. “It’s just as tragic I think for law enforcement and the emergency service workers that are up there as well.”
Friday's incident is being called being called the worst mass killing in this area in more than 80 years.
The child who escaped is related to the victims, according to The Associated Press.
Mason County Chief Deputy Spurling says the girl who survived was taken to a hospital for an evaluation Friday.
Neighbor Jack Pigott told The Associated Press that the couple who lived in the house had been married for four to five years. He says the wife had two teenage sons who were adopted from Russia during a previous marriage. She also had a daughter who was adopted from China.
Pigott says the husband had a heating and air conditioning contractor business.
Neighbors heard gunshots the night before
One woman told KIRO 7 News she heard “lots of shooting” on Thursday night.
Pigott told The Associated Press that he also heard gunfire Thursday night but none Friday.
A woman identified as a family friend rushed to the scene telling investigators her husband had just visited the home last night. She left without speaking to reporters.