Suspected WA killer arrested in Wilsonville

David Kalac turned himself in to deputy in Wilsonville, police say

Wilsonville police tweeted out this photo of Washington murder suspect David Kalac moments after he turned himself in, Nov. 5, 2014. (Wilsonville Police Department/Twitter)
Wilsonville police tweeted out this photo of Washington murder suspect David Kalac moments after he turned himself in, Nov. 5, 2014. (Wilsonville Police Department/Twitter)

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Police in Wilsonville said late Wednesday evening they had arrested a man charged for killing his girlfriend in Washington state, posting pictures of her body online and writing that he wanted authorities to find and kill him.

David Kalac being put into a police vehicle after turning himself in to a deputy in Wilsonville, Nov. 5, 2014. (KOIN 6)
David Kalac being put into a police vehicle after turning himself in to a deputy in Wilsonville, Nov. 5, 2014. (KOIN 6)

Amber Lynn Coplin’s body was found in a Port Orchard apartment hours after her teenage son heard her arguing with her live-in boyfriend, David Kalac.

She was 33.

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Kalac, who is suspected of second-degree murder.

Early Wednesday evening, Portland police said Coplin’s car — the one Kalac was driving — was found abandoned in Portland’s South Burlingame neighborhood.

KOIN 6 News reporter Chris Holmstrom, who was at the scene, reported heavy police activity on SW Troy Street near where Coplin’s car was found, adding that authorities were putting up police tape.

Holmstrom said police were focused on a specific home on SW Troy Street. Portland police confirmed they were following up on an unconfirmed sighting of Kalac in Southwest Portland that turned out to be false.

Moments later, Portland police tweeted that Kalac had been taken into custody in Clackamas County.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office tweeted shortly after that Kalac was taken into custody in Wilsonville – in the parking lot of the WES transit station, 9699 SW Barber Street –  after he turned himself over to a deputy.

“Late this evening, a Wilsonville police officer was driving through the Smart Park area and had a male walk out of the bushes and approach him. The deputy stopped, got out and talked to the male and he actually identified himself and said he was wanted out of Washington for murder,” said Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Nate Thompson.

The Wilsonville Police Department said Kalac was detained without incident and was being cooperative.

Wilsonville Police notified detectives from Kitsap County that he was taken into custody.

A spokesperson with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Kalac is being held on a fugitive warrant out of Kitsap County and a fugitive hold from the Department of Corrections in Washington. He has waived his right to extradition which means he will be transported from Portland back to Washington. Deputies declined to release a timeline, citing inmate security.

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The case

Deputy Scott Wilson with the Kitsap County sheriff’s office said detectives confirmed that gruesome photos posted on a website are of the victim and the crime scene.

The discussion postings surround three different photos of a dead woman’s nude body with marks on her throat. Next to the photos are these comments:

  • “She fought so damn hard.”
  • “Her son will be home from school soon. He’ll find her, then call the cops. I just wanted to share the pics before they find me.”

The chase

Believing Kalac escaped in Coplin’s gold 2001 Ford Focus, law enforcement in Washington put out the victim’s vehicle information. Around 1:15 a.m. — about 160 miles from the murder scene — spotted a car on SE 9th Avenue and Powell Boulevard that matched the description.

Authorities said they tried to pull him over, but he sped away, prompting a high-speed chase across the Ross Island Bridge and onto SW Barbur Boulevard.

But around SW 30th, the officers ended the chase when the driver began swerving into oncoming traffic, and was last seen headed south past Taylors Ferry Road.

PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson said officers did the right thing by ending their pursuit.

“We believe it is, because we don’t have a tragedy on our hands this morning where he was driving so fast he killed someone,” Simpson said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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