Double homicide suspect allegedly admitted to shooting

EVERETT — The man arrested in connection with a double homicide on Friday in Everett reportedly admitted to an emergency dispatcher that he was behind the violence.

Tye Patrick Fleischer called 911 minutes after a neighbor on 75th Street reported hearing gunfire. Fleischer, 37, told the dispatcher that he himself was “a junkie and his kids deserved better,” an Everett police detective wrote in an affidavit released Tuesday.

When the dispatcher asked why Fleischer shot the people, he reportedly replied, “I’m just taking (sic) a couple pieces of (expletive) that hurt and kill people,” court papers said.

Fleischer surrendered to police a short time later at Forest Park, a couple of miles from where police found the three victims. Officers took a loaded semiautomatic handgun from the passenger seat of Fleischer’s van.

Killed were Kevin Odneal, 50, and Irene Halverson, 42, according to court papers. Another woman, 34, was struck in the pelvis and is expected to survive.

Friday night’s shooting happened outside the house where Odneal lived with his mother. There have been two other homicides at the house since 2008.

Fleischer made a brief appearance Tuesday in Everett District Court. He was being held in the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault. Judge Anthony Howard agreed that Fleischer should not be allowed to post any bail.

Fleischer is a convicted felon with a history of drug use.

After his arrest he declined to speak with Everett detectives.

An investigator reviewed the calls Fleischer made to 911. He allegedly confessed that he shot two people at “Faulty Kevin’s” house on 75th Street. He wouldn’t tell the dispatcher his name, but he threatened to kill himself and said police would find his wallet. He was parked at a church on Madison Street and was waiting for some children to leave. Tired of waiting, he decided to drive to the park.

Fleischer called two of his friends before he called 911, court papers said. Both urged him to turn himself in and one told police Fleischer admitted to shooting someone.

A man told police he witnessed the gunfire. He’d just dropped Halverson off near Odneal’s house and was waiting in his car nearby. He reported seeing a dark van parked across the street that suddenly pulled into Odneal’s driveway. A man walked up to the gate across the driveway, he said, and he heard yelling and then a loud bang.

The van’s driver then walked away from the gate. He heard more voices and watched the driver turn back toward the gate and fire multiple shots.

Detectives found 10 spent casings at the scene.

Court papers show that Fleischer is a father who has battled a methamphetamine addiction for several years. He was convicted in 2012 of drug possession after he was found with meth during a traffic stop. Fleischer underwent drug treatment and his community corrections officer reported that he had been clean for more than a year before he relapsed. At the time, Fleischer said he planned to move to Montana to be close to family and get away from the people he knows through his drug use.

Detectives were last at Odneal’s house in December when they were investigating an illegal chop shop business there.

In May 2011, a robbery at the home turned deadly. The target of the robbery told police he’d been hit in the head with a flashlight and began to lose consciousness as he fatally shot one of the attackers.

Odneal pleaded guilty to robbery and unlawful gun possession. He was sentenced to a year and five months in prison in 2012. The man who was attacked was not charged. Police said he was acting in self defense.

In 2008, a 38-year-old man was shot and killed at the home. In that case, investigators believe three men, including Odneal, were arguing about drugs and a car. The argument spilled outside, where the man was shot.

The shooter pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463, hefley@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @dianahefley

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