(Orondo, WA) On Sunday, June 9th, at approximately 4:00 AM. Douglas County Deputies were called to a disturbance involving a gun in the 100 Block of Emerson in Sun Cove. The area consists mainly of vacation homes and is approximately 8 miles north of Orondo.
The initial complaint was that there was a disturbance between two males. One male reportedly had a gun. As reports continued to come through dispatch, information was that one male had been shot by another male. Deputies arrived and found a male subject deceased lying in the driveway of a residence. A second male was located and detained as possibly being involved in the shooting.
As of the time of this release, The Sheriff and Douglas County Investigators are on the scene trying to determine the details of the incident. No personal information is being released at this time. The next of kin of the deceased male have not be identified or notified. The information we have is that incident was not random and there is no need for residents in the area to fear additional violence as a result of this incident. More information will follow as it becomes available.
UPDATE: Sunday 6PM: Continued investigation by Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies has resulted in the arrest of 23 year old Oscar A. Alden of Snohomish for second degree murder. The victim was identified as 34 year old Tom J. Maks of Lake Tapps, WA. Investigators are still in the process of serving search warrants to look for additional evidence. Based on witness statements, it appears that Maks was staying in a residence next door to the suspect’s residence. Maks was at the suspect’s residence and got into a physical altercation with several other persons at the house. Alden arrived with a pistol and shot the victim once in the head. It is reported that Maks had also been armed with some type of firearm earlier in the evening and may have been making threatening comments and engaging in assaultive behavior. At the time of the shooting, however, he was not armed and had been assaulted by people at the residence occupied by the suspect. It also appears that drugs and/or alcohol may have played a factor in the tragedy. Alden was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked without incident.