Husband faces 1st-degree murder in Washougal stabbing

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WASHOUGAL, Wash. (KOIN) — A Washougal woman repeatedly stabbed Tuesday morning died later in the day and her 56-year-old husband is now charged with first-degree murder.

Linda Burdick died at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center after emergency surgery, Washougal police said. She was 49.

Her husband, Robert Warner Burdick, is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday.

Washougal police said the incident unfolded in the 600 block of West Lookout Ridge Drive around 2 a.m. 

Robert Burdick called 911 and said he was armed with butcher knives and holding a woman hostage, officials said. He also reportedly told the dispatcher, “I want you guys to come here and shoot me.”

When officers arrived, they saw lights on inside the 3rd-story apartment. As officers approached, they saw a woman open a window and yell for help. Then they witnessed a man holding a large knife over his head come up behind the woman and pull her away.

The officers forced their way into the apartment and heard a woman screaming as they climbed 2 flights of stairs.

The man, now identified as Burdick, was located inside the apartment and taken into custody without incident. Linda Burdick had multiple stab wounds to her upper body.

Neighbor Claudia Barrandas said she “heard these terrifying screams, I mean, from a horror movie” around 2 a.m. “I don’t remember exactly what she said but it was 3 words and then it was like somebody covered her mouth.”

“These things don’t happen in places like this,” Barrandas said. “It doesn’t. It’s shocking. It’s bizarre, isn’t it?”

She said she knows this isn’t going to happen twice. “But I’m glad that guy got caught, that he is in custody. I hope he gets what he deserves.”

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Washougal Police Department at 360.835.8701.

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