GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. — Both suspects in a homicide investigation out of Grays Harbor County have been arrested.
Rufus A. Phelps III, 62, turned himself in on Wednesday and his son, 32-year-old Rufus A. Phelps IV, was arrested on Thursday.
The father and son were wanted in connection to a homicide investigation out of Moclips that began on March 13 after a 59-year-old was shot and killed.
Detectives were able to locate what they believe is the firearm used in the murder.
On March 13, deputies were sent to the 100 block of Otis Avenue following reports of a shooting. When deputies arrived on scene, they found the male victim had been shot multiple times. Despite attempts from first responders, the victim died after being transported away from the scene.
Police were able to gather statements from witnesses and identify Phelps as the suspect. They believe that the fatal shooting happened following an argument over property. Phelps fled the area shortly after the altercation, leading police to conduct an unsuccessful search.
Phelps III turned himself in after detectives with Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office were able to contact him by phone. He was transported to the county jail and booked for first-degree murder, second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Phelps IV was recognized by a witness who reported the sighting to law enforcement. He will be booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail as an accomplice to first-degree murder, second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
A victim also came forward and accused the 32-year-old of rape on March 11. Detectives are still investigating that crime but have developed probable cause for the additional charge.
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