Murder-suicide not investigated; deputy fired

Deputy Ed Bylsma fired in September, officials said

Home of Clark County couple found dead in possible murder-suicide March 31, 2014. (KOIN 6 News)
Home of Clark County couple found dead in possible murder-suicide March 31, 2014. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Clark County sheriff’s deputy was fired in September for violating policies about responding to a 911 call that resulted the in the murder-suicide of an older couple.

An internal investigation determined Ed Bylsma failed to do his duties, Sgt. Fred Neiman confirmed to KOIN 6 News. Bylsma was fired Sept. 9, and his firing was challenged by the union.

On March 31, 2014, officers found 70-year-old Fay Marie Allen and 71-year-old Milton Wayne Allen dead in their home in the Fargher Lake area of Clark County while conducting a welfare check.

A family member had called the Sheriff’s office because he had not heard from his mother, Fay Allen, in several days.

When he went to check on her, he saw cars in the driveway and knocked on the door, but couldn’t find anyone.

Officers found the couple dead in the bedroom, with evidence suggesting Wayne Allen shot and killed Fay Allen, then turned the gun on himself.

Records show 911 dispatchers received a call from the same house on March 28, 2014, but the caller hung up. Dispatchers called back, spoke with someone and sent a deputy to the house. Somewhere along the line, however, the deputy canceled the call before arriving at the home.

Bylsma was assigned the call but cleared it without investigating.,

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