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.
Army Sgt. Timothy Hovey was just 27, and an active duty Soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, when he was fatally shot in Burien, Washington, September 2016. As of today, March 2, 2017, no arrests have been made in connection with his murder and his family is now offering a reward.
The $10,000 reward is for information regarding Hovey’s death that results in an arrest.
Hovey reportedly left the Burien party on foot in the early hours of September 4. The King County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of “shots fired” at approximately 4:30 a.m. By the time deputies arrived, they learned that Tim Hovey had already been transported by friends to Highline Medical Center in Burien with multiple gunshot wounds. He was later transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he died.
Police reports indicate Hovey had left the party for unknown reasons. It is not known if there had been an altercation earlier at the party or if Hovey had just decided to call it a night. He was several blocks away from the party when he was found.
Family members are curious about the circumstances that led up to their Soldier leaving the party. They also have questions about who heard the gunshots first and why friends arrived on scene before the sheriff’s department. Timothy Hovey’s family in Sacramento, California, feels like there are still many missing pieces of information from the night when he was murdered and someone out there has the answers.
Assigned to Battery C, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Sgt. Hovey was set to deploy in October 2016.
Anyone with information about that deadly night should call the King County Sheriff’s Department at 206-296-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers has added an additional $1,000 in reward money for tips leading to an arrest. Calls can be made anonymously.