In that phone call, Steven said, “If you don’t hear from me in 20 minutes, call 911.” When he hadn’t heard back after the allotted period, the son’s fears grew. Having repeatedly tried to call his father without reply, under Steven’s instructions he called 911 requesting police to check that all was well.
An officer from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the Standley home situated at the 23000 block on 162nd St. East. He noticed a bullet hole in the glazed section of the front door. Inside the house, however, all seemed quiet. The deputy called it in asking for back-up.
Police said when the supporting squad arrived, officers gained access to the dwelling via “tactical entry”. Inside they found two bodies – those of 55-year-old Steven, and his wife Theresa, 56. Their son, Jared, who Steven had been due to meet that evening, was nowhere to be found, however.