By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
CHEHALIS – Police are investigating a homicide at a home in a north Centralia neighborhood and have detained a suspect.
Officers were notified about 8:30 a.m. today.
“The suspect contacted us at the police station, she called 911 and said she needed to talk with someone,” detective John Panco said.
Officers went to her residence off of West Oakview Avenue and confirmed a man inside was dead, according to Panco.
The woman was interviewed and taken to the Lewis County Jail, Panco said.
Early information from the Centralia Police Department indicated it was a death by gunshot, but detectives are still processing the crime scene this afternoon.
Panco didn’t reveal what the woman told investigators. He didn’t release any names this afternoon.
Across the street neighbor Will Fitzmorris said he woke up this morning to see yellow police tape across the front of the house, and a patrol car parked in front.
A man, a woman and two children moved in there in recent years, he said.
Next door neighbor Jim Murphy knows the family a little.
“She is the nicest person and they have swell kids,” Murphy said.
Murphy said he and his wife heard a noise while they were rearranging furniture around 9 or 10 o’clock last night. His wife asked him if it sounded like a gunshot, he said.
“I said no, it sounded like something, somebody slammed real hard,” he said.
The pale yellow modular home is in a neighborhood called Hunter’s Walk.
This afternoon, the Centralia Police Department’s crime scene van is parked on the narrow street. Detectives were inside collecting evidence and getting photographs, according to Panco.
“I can’t give you much information as far as how it happened, what happened,” Panco said.
He didn’t yet know what the woman would be booked for, but expected he would have more details to release before the end of the day.
The Lewis County Jail’s online roster indicates a Janet L. Anderson was booked around 11:45 a.m. today for second-degree murder.
Update: Panco acknowledged in a news release at about 11 p.m. that Anderson, 39 years old, was their suspect.