Clackamas County

Victim, suspect in West Linn murder-suicide ID'd

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide shooting at a home in West Linn on Alderwood Drive, Clackamas County deputies confirmed.

Deputies said Thursday morning that a caller reported seeing the suspect -- 34-year-old David Cote -- arrive at the home in a black SUV Wednesday afternoon. He was reportedly carrying a large firearm with a scope.

The caller then told deputies she heard gunshots and said Cote had shot Bethany Noelle Schuch, 35, outside the home.

According to deputies, the witness fled the scene after seeing Schuch on the ground, so authorities believed the suspect was at large -- causing them to close Borland Road and local parks. West Linn - Wilsonville School District schools were placed on a brief lock-out and residents in the area were urged to stay away from windows.

Authorities arrived at the residence and found both the victim and suspect dead in the breezeway between the house and garage.

Schuch had suffered multiple gunshots wounds while Cote had suffered from what investigators believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Deputies said Schuch and Cote knew each other. 

Brandan Keyser lives near the home where the 2 were found dead. He said this is not something you'd expect to see in West Linn. 

"We feel like we live in a bubble and everything is safe and nothing bad ever happens, and when something like this happens, it kind of rocks your world," he said. "It's sad."

The Oregon State Medical Examiner is conducting autopsies on the victim and suspect to determine the exact cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.

Between August 2012 and October 2013, Cote was charged with 9 misdemeanor charges of stalking, 8 charges of harassment by telephone and 3 felony charges for coercion. 

Most of the charges were dismissed but he was convicted of stalking and menacing and ordered to provide yearly proof of his mental health by January 1 of each year. He was also ordered to stay away from the victim in this case, to undergo alcohol treatment, alcohol and drug counseling and mental health evaluations.


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