HERMISTON, Ore. -- Two high school wrestling coaches were found shot dead, and the body of a teenager who was last seen alive with one of them has also been found.
The East Oregonian reports Kenneth Valdez was killed at his home in Hermiston Thursday morning. Jason Huston, who volunteered alongside Valdez as a wrestling coach at Hermiston High School, was also found dead at the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Police have not said whether they believe the deaths to be a result of a murder-suicide.
A 35-year-old woman, not yet identified by police, was also found shot at the scene and was taken to the hospital. She has reportedly given police a “detailed statement.”
Police aren’t searching for other suspects.
Fourteen-year-old James “JJ” Hurtado was found dead in a remote area outside of the town Thursday night. He has been missing since Thursday morning, when police say Huston picked him up to play disc golf.
Police say the teen was “related to one of the parties involved.”
Jason Huston called his mom after killing a teenage boy, a fellow wrestling coach and injuring his ex-girlfriend, Hermiston police say.
He also dialed 911 to report a shooting, then turned the gun on himself.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston released new details Wednesday of Huston's movements on Aug. 18 and the sequence of events that ended with the deaths of 14-year-old James "JJ" Hurtado, 45-year-old Kenneth Valdez and Huston, and left Andria Bye, 35, with serious injuries.
Edmiston said Huston, 45, had picked the teenager up from a grandparent's house in Umatilla around 10 a.m., drove him to a spot near the Umatilla River and killed him with a single gunshot.
He then drove to Valdez's home in Hermiston, kicked in the front door and went into a bedroom where Valdez and Bye had been sleeping. Valdez was shot at least three times, Edmiston said, and Bye was hit once in the back.
Bye was expected to make a full recovery, the East Oregonian reported.
Huston had been a "father-like figure" to Hurtado, the police chief said, and had volunteered alongside Valdez as a high school wrestling coach. Neighbors told KVEW-TV after the shootings that Huston had gotten upset after Bye, whom he'd dated for several years, became romantically involved with Valdez.
Edmiston said Huston made at least a pair of phone calls after shooting the couple, dialing his mother and 911. He then sat on the bed and shot himself once.
Huston's mother also called the emergency line, police said, without specifying what she told 911 dispatchers. Police showed up at Valdez's home around 11:20 a.m.
"As I have said before, inasmuch as we want to learn the "Why," we may never get to a point where that is known," Edmiston said.
Huston used a Glock 9mm handgun at Valdez's home, Edmiston said. A crime lab analysis will determine whether it also was used to kill Hurtado.
"We have no reason to believe otherwise," Edmiston said.
Hurtado was a cross-country runner and a wrestler, according to a Hermiston School District spokeswoman. He would have been a freshman this year at Hermiston High School.
Valdez and Huston had served as volunteer coaches since 2013 and 2014, respectively. They men graduated from Hermiston High School in 1989 and wrestled for the school, according to The East Oregonian.
Huston was arrested in December 2009 on accusations of menacing and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the East Oregonian. After pleading no contest to the weapons charge, he was sentenced to probation and 20 hours of community service. The menacing charge was dropped.
Investigators found "an incredible amount of pills" for "things like depression and anxiety" at Huston's home, Edmiston said Wednesday.
The police chief told the Tri-City Herald that Huston is a veteran. He said U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs practitioners appear to have prescribed the pills and that investigators are trying to get more information about Huston from the VA.