Olalla homicide suspect was attempting to burglarize home, documents indicate
Documents filed in Kitsap County Superior Court on Tuesday indicate that the man suspected of killing two people at their Olalla home last week was attempting to burglarize their home.
Shaun D. Rose, 40, was charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of Mina and Steven P. Shulz at an address on Shady Glen Avenue early on Aug. 18.
The Shulzs owned the Shady Glen home and operated a microbrewery, called E2W Brewing, from the same address.
Rose was arrested Sunday evening in Tacoma after evading law enforcement for several days. Court documents state that he is transient and uses a post office box in Lakebay, on the Key Peninsula, as his address.
Remains found stuffed in garbage can
According to court documents, the Shulzs’ daughter went to the Shady Glen Avenue home on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 18, after being unable to reach her parents. She called 911 after finding signs of forced entry and blood inside the home.
Deputies found human remains inside a garbage can near the home’s patio. The documents indicate that the Shulzs likely died from gunshot wounds. A formal determination of cause of death will be made by the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office.
Inside the home, “numerous drawers were pulled in the master bedroom, indicative of a burglary,” according to the court documents. Investigators noted that a handgun appeared to be missing, along with Mina Shulz’s wallet.
The suspect apparently got into the house by firing a gun through the glass panes on a door into the master bedroom.
A neighbor pointed out to deputies that Rose and his girlfriend lived in an RV nearby.
The girlfriend told deputies Rose had asked her for a ride when she left to go to work at about 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18. But Rose got out of the car at the corner of Shady Glen and Burley-Olalla Road, near the Shulzs’ driveway.
Neighbors reported hearing possible gunshots around 2:30 a.m., according to the charging documents. Rose’s girlfriend told deputies that he called her around 3:20 a.m. to ask for a ride somewhere, but she turned him down.
A witness saw Rose go into the RV around 3:30 a.m., then leave “in a hurry” shortly after.
Investigators reported finding blood-stained clothes, matching what the girlfriend described Rose wearing that night, at the RV.
Documents: Rose fled in stolen car
Rose is suspected of stealing a Toyota Prius from Bowe Lane, about 2 miles away from the Shady Glen address, later that morning. Kitsap deputies previously asked people in that area to provide video surveillance from between 8 and 9 a.m.
Tacoma police found the stolen vehicle, with Rose inside, around 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. That would be after the Shulzs were killed, but before the crime was discovered.
Rose told police that he had borrowed the vehicle from a “Brittany” at Emerald Queen Casino. He was arrested and released at the scene.
It isn’t known why Rose was not taken to jail in this specific case. However, due to Covid-related jail restrictions, it is common for jails to only accept suspects in violent crimes.
When the owners of the Prius picked up their vehicle, they found Mina Shulz’s credit and identification cards inside.
Rose remained at large for the rest of the weekend. He stole another car in Mason County, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, and evaded deputies there with his “erratic and dangerous driving.”
Tacoma Police arrested him in that city around 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, following a struggle. Court documents indicate that a woman called 911 to report that Rose was in the vehicle with him.
Rose’s criminal history includes previous convictions for felony burglary and first degree theft. According to a recent story in the Kitsap Sun newspaper of Bremerton, Rose is suspected of stealing 12 guns from a home on Nelson Road in South Kitsap County in July 2021.
Rose failed to appear for an Aug. 10 court hearing related to the July 2021 burglary. There is no indication that any of the weapons stolen in that case were used in the Shady Glen Avenue killings. The Kitsap Sun story indicates that several of the guns in the 2021 burglary were later found inside stolen vehicles, and eight were found inside a dumpster.
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected since it was first posted. An earlier version indicated that Rose’s RV was on the Shulzs’ property, but we now have received indications that the RV may have been only near their property.