New details emerge about deadly domestic dispute in Mill Creek

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MILL CREEK, Wash. - A 27-year-old Mill Creek woman had been fighting with her 30-year-old husband on Sunday before he she was found dead in her apartment, police said.  Her husband was killed in a collision with a truck soon after his wife's body was found.

 

Witnesses told police that the couple spent part of the day with friends, watching football, eating dinner and drinking alcohol.  The woman called friends back to the home in the 14700 block of Main Street "because her husband was acting strangely and had armed himself with a loaded shotgun," police said in a news release.

 

The friends calmed down the man, and left, police said.

 

"It is believed the husband assaulted the wife, causing her death," the news release said.

 

The woman was found dead with a head wound.  A shotgun was found in the apartment, but it wasn't immediately clear whether the gun was used in the assault, police said.

 

Police said they had received additional calls around the same time about a vehicle seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

 

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to reports of a fatal crash in the 18500 block of 35th Avenue Southeast  in which a man driving a sedan crashed into a parked semitruck.

 

The driver, identified as the victim's husband, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Investigators said they believe speed and wet weather were factors in the crash.

 

Mill Creek police and investigators with the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory were still at the apartment scene Monday afternoon, police said.

 

Police said the woman, whose identity has not been release, was pregnant.