Suspect Wanted in Tri-Cities Double Homicide Dies in Oregon Pursuit

EUGENE, Ore. – Authorities in Oregon reported that Elias Huizar, the suspect in a double homicide case in the Tri-Cities area, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a pursuit by Oregon State Patrol on Southbound I-5. The incident unfolded after Huizar allegedly abducted his one-year-old son, who was safely rescued by state troopers.

The tragic events began with the murders that occurred in the Tri-Cities, leading to an Amber Alert being issued by Washington State Patrol for Huizar’s son. Concerns arose that Huizar might attempt to flee to Mexico. Thankfully, the child was located unharmed, prompting the cancellation of the Amber Alert.

During a high-speed pursuit, Huizar was involved in two crashes, one of which led to an exchange of gunfire with troopers. Fortunately, no injuries were reported during the altercation. The pursuit came to a halt when Huizar crashed for the second time in Eugene, Oregon, where he ended his own life.

Elias Huizar, a former police officer in Yakima, was suspected of two homicides in the West Richland area. One took place at Wiley Elementary School, while the other victim was discovered at Huizar’s residence. The victims were identified as Amber Marie Rodriguez, his ex-wife, and Angelica Santos, his 17-year-old girlfriend.

Families and friends of the victims have set up fundraisers to support them during this difficult time. Reports reveal that the victims were cherished members of their community, leaving behind a profound impact on those who knew them.

In a statement to KIRO 7, Angelica Santos’ aunt, Samantha Deluna, shared fond memories of her niece, describing her as a loving and vibrant individual. Deluna expressed gratitude for the safety of Santos’ son and expressed a deep sense of loss over the tragic events that unfolded, emphasizing the need for healing and support for the affected families.