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Suspect Arrested After Daughter Finds Blood Inside Parent’s Room, Leading Investigators To Make Grisly Discover

Shaun D. Rose has been charged with killing Steven and Mina Shulz in what Kitsap County authorities believe was a burglary gone wrong.

By Jill Sederstrom
A personal photo of Steve and Mina Shulz

Authorities have taken a suspect into custody for a grisly double homicide after a Washington couple’s concerned daughter stumbled upon blood and broken glass in their master bedroom and called 911.

Investigators discovered the bodies of Steven and Mina Shulz—both 51—a short time later shoved into a garbage can on the couple’s Olalla property, according to court documents obtained by KCPQ. They had been shot to death.

Shaun D. Rose, a man who was living in an RV with his girlfriend on a neighboring property, is now facing two counts of aggravated murder. He was taken into custody Monday night at a Tacoma gas station following “a struggle” with officers from the Tacoma Police Department, according to a statement from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

The couple’s daughter Alicia Singer had gone to check on her parents Thursday after growing concerned when she couldn’t reach them. After spotting their cars outside, she went into the home and found broken glass on one of the doors in the master bedroom and blood, according to the court records.

Alicia immediately called 911.

Deputies arrived a few minutes later and made the “gruesome discovery” in the yard during the sweep of the property, authorities said in an earlier statement.

Detectives were quickly able to determine that Steven and Mina Shulz had died of “homicidal violence,” authorities said.

Lt. Ken Dickinson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told Oxygen.com that although the investigation remains ongoing detectives believe the couple was killed in a “burglary that went bad.”

Detectives are still working to compile a list of what was stolen but they do know that a handgun and Mina’s wallet were taken from the property.

“Authorities are not aware of any connection between the victims and the suspect, nor do they know for certain whether or not they knew each other,” Dickinson said.

At a court hearing after Rose’s arrest, deputy prosecutor Alexander Takos called the crime what appeared to be a “random act of violence,” according to the Kitsap Sun.

Rose’s girlfriend, identified only as Danielle, later told detectives that she had dropped Rose at the end of the road where the couple lived around 12:30 a.m. that morning on her way to work, according to the court documents.

Investigators believe that after the killings, Rose returned to the RV, where he left bloody clothes and his cell phone on a trunk nearby, before stealing a Toyota Prius from an area about two miles away from the crime scene.

After the vehicle was later recovered from an impound lot, the driver of the Prius found credit cards and an ID that belonged to the slain couple, along with a receipt for a fast food restaurant where Mina’s credit card had been used. Investigators were able to pull up video surveillance footage that appeared to show Rose using the card at the restaurant, authorities said.

Rose was taken into custody Monday after he was spotted earlier in the day driving a white Buick passenger car in Mason County, the sheriff’s office said.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit, but authorities said they lost the suspect “due to erratic and dangerous driving on his part.”

Investigators believe he ditched the Buick and stole another vehicle, which he allegedly drove to Tacoma where he was arrested around 8 p.m. Monday night.

A police handout of Shaun Rose

KCSO Detectives have been working around the clock on this investigation and have been in regular contact with our colleagues at the Tacoma Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, and Mason County Sheriff’s Office,” authorities said while announcing the arrest. “This partnership and collaboration was key in apprehending this dangerous wanted felon and we are grateful for their assistance.

Angela told KCPQ she was “very happy” Rose was ultimately taken into custody, but is still grappling with the sudden loss of her parents.

"No one is prepared to go through this, and lose both their parents at the same time," she said.

The couple had been married for 30 years, meeting while Steve, an Air Force veteran, had been stationed in Japan.

The “inseparable” couple owned and operated a home-based brewery known as E2W Brewing and had been on the precipice of expanding the business at the time of their deaths.

“They were business partners, they were friends," friend Mary Ellen Houston told the Kitsap Sun. "They were very well loved in the community, always willing to give a hand with anything people were doing, always the first to sign up and help. Just lovely people, big hearts. We’re all going to be absolutely rattled by this for quite a while.”

She described their deaths as “devastating” to the community.

“We’re just all in shock here,” she said.

The couple, who had won the “favorite brew award” at the Gig Harbor Beer Festival in May for their strawberry ale, had been working on plans to expand the business by opening their own tasting room on their property, but now will never get the chance.

“It’s just senseless,” friend Dwaine Weyland told KCPQ of their deaths. “They deserved a chance to realize their dream. They deserved a chance to continue their life because all they did was contribute good to the world.”

Rose, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, is being held without bail.

According to Dickinson, he has a criminal past that includes burglary and drug charges. At the time of the murder, he had been on bond for a 2021 burglary where he allegedly stole 13 guns, he said.

Rose had made his initial appearance on that charge about two weeks before the murder and had been released on bail, Dickinson said. He failed to appear for his next court hearing and a warrant had been issued for his arrest in that case.

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