Michael Boysen captured the WestShore OceanFront Suites

Grandparent Killer

Michael Boysen captured the WestShore OceanFront Suites

Michael Boysen, who allegedly killed his grandparents last Saturday has been captured.

A call from the manager at the WestShore OceanFront Suites in Lincoln City, Oregon brought law enforcement agencies to the site where Boysen had barricaded himself inside a room.  He had checked in under his own name Monday evening.

A day long siege Tuesday involving water cannons, bull horns, and tear gas ended when authorities stormed his second floor room.  He was found lying on his back with self-inflicted cuts.  He was flown to a nearby hospital and was reported in critical condition.

“We’re certainly glad it’s over and nobody else got hurt. We’re glad they were able to take him into custody alive,” King County Sheriff John Urquhart said in Seattle shortly after the capture.

Boysen had been released from prison just last Friday after serving a nine month sentence for burglary.  His grandparents had picked him up and planned to let him stay in their home overnight.

When relatives were unable to contact the couple, their daughter went to their home Saturday evening and found them deceased.  Their car was also missing.  A multi-state manhunt ensued for Boysen who was known to have been in their home Friday evening.

Boysen made threats against members of his family and law enforcement while locked up, Washington state Corrections Department spokesman Chad Lewis said Tuesday. But police didn’t learn of the threats until after the bodies of the grandparents were found and authorities had started looking for Boysen.

“Sources went to our staff at the Monroe Correctional Center and told us he had been threatening to do all this,” Lewis said.

He served a previous sentence between 2006 and February 2011 for four robbery convictions. Those convictions were related to an addiction to narcotic painkillers, Lewis said.

The motive for the killings remains unknown, King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said.

“Between the family and detectives we have no idea,” she said. “It’s just bizarre. The family loved and supported him the whole time he was in prison.”

On Tuesday, the King County medical examiner’s office identified the couple as Robert R. Taylor, 82, and Norma J. Taylor, 80. They died Saturday. The cause and manner of their deaths remains under investigation, the medical examiner said.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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