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Man arrested after killing wife inside Sam's Tavern in Bellevue

Bellevue police said Tuesday afternoon that the victim was the suspect's 26-year-old wife.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — A man shot and killed his wife inside Sam's Tavern in Bellevue Monday night.

According to the Bellevue Police Department (BPD), officers responded to the tavern located in the 900 block of 108th Ave NE shortly after 10 p.m. Witnesses at the scene told police a woman had been shot, and the suspect fled the area.

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Responding officers found a woman, who was also an employee of Sam's Tavern, with a gunshot wound and immediately began life-saving measures. Police said crews with the Bellevue Fire Department gave the woman first aid when the scene was clear, but the woman died from their injuries.

Investigators said the man entered the business and opened fire. There were very few customers inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting, according to police. 

The 34-year-old was arrested in Bellevue shortly before midnight following a manhunt, police said.

Officers were able to locate the weapon the husband used to kill his wife in a construction site near where he was found, about half a mile north of the shooting. 

Police immediately suspected that the victim and gunman knew one another and said they would be investigating the incident as domestic violence Monday night.

On Tuesday, detectives confirmed that the victim was the suspect's 26-year-old wife. 

A spokesperson with BPD said that there were no previous run-ins with the police and the couple in the past and that the husband was cooperative when they found him. 

The husband was booked into King County Jail.