An Airman based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, called 9-1-1 March 15, to report that he had killed his wife and two children. The caller, 29 year-old Clinton Field (no rank given) told dispatch that by the time police arrived, he would also be dead; and he was.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as 33-year-old Samantha Field, Clinton Field’s wife, and their children, 4-year-old Ava and 2-year old Ashen. The children had been sleeping. Mrs. Field’s body was found in the couple’s bedroom. The Medical Examiner said everyone in the home, including Airman Field, had died from gunshot wounds.
The family lived in Spanaway, a smaller community not far from the sprawling joint Army and Air Force base. It is unclear how long the family had lived in Spanaway. Clinton Field’s home state was listed as Florida. Mrs. Field’s family is from New Hampshire.
While the investigation is still ongoing, initial reports say the couple may have been in the process of filing for divorce.
Local law enforcement said they had not previously been called to the home for any domestic issues.