Child rape suspect shoots himself after deputies stop vehicle near Okanogan

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CHELAN- A suspect wanted by Texas Marshals on a warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child out of Texas was spotted early this morning in the Chelan area, possibly heading north toward the Canadian border according to officials.

The 32-year-old suspect was considered armed, and at 8:10 a.m. deputies from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and officers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife spotted the vehicle on Highway 97 according to a press release.

The suspect vehicle, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler with Texas plates, was spotted near the south access into Okanogan on Highway 97.


Deputies initiated the stop and the driver of the vehicle ignored the orders from authorities on scene after slowly coming to a stop, according to a press release.

Three minutes after the stop, the suspect shot himself in the head with a pistol.

The suspect, identified as Eric A. Morgenroth of Texas, was transported to Mid-Valley Hospital where he died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There was no one else in the suspect vehicle and Morgenroth did not point his weapon at the deputies or officers on scene.