The State Patrol SWAT team gathers after serving a warrant Thursday morning that led to the arrest of a man suspected to be involved in the triple homicide discovered New Year’s Eve. (Jesse Major / Peninsula Daily News)

The State Patrol SWAT team gathers after serving a warrant Thursday morning that led to the arrest of a man suspected to be involved in the triple homicide discovered New Year’s Eve. (Jesse Major / Peninsula Daily News)

Man arrested in connection with Port Angeles triple homicide

Officials said the suspect is “believed to be involved” in the deaths but did not call him the shooter.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the triple homicide that was discovered New Year’s Eve.

Dennis M. Bauer, 50, was booked into the Clallam County jail Thursday for investigaiton of three counts of second-degree murder after a State Patrol SWAT team raided a property on the 2500 block of Lower Elwha Road.

Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said the arrest was made in connection with the triple homicide at 52 Bear Meadow Road.

A welfare check on New Year’s Eve led to the discovery that Darrell C. Iverson, 57; his son, Jordan D. Iverson, 27; and the son’s girlfriend, Tiffany A. May, 26, had all been shot and killed.

The Iversons’ bodies were found covered by tarps and debris in the front of the house while May’s body was found in a locked outbuilding.

“We spent a significant amount of time with our tactics to ensure the community was safe,” King said. “You can see that by the sheer volume of law enforcement in the area and the time of day was chosen strategically.”

He said the suspect is “believed to be involved” in their deaths but he did not call him the shooter.

He declined to say what links the suspect to the slaying and said law enforcement would be on scene for much of the day looking for evidence.

“We have probable cause to believe that evidence of the crime is located here,” King said.

He said the SWAT team executed the warrant at about 7:35 a.m. because of safety concerns and the complexity of the scene. There are multiple structures on the property with many people living on the property.

They used a stun grenade as they entered the building and the suspect surrendered without incident.

“It created a tactical nightmare, so we had the experts … execute our warrant,” King said.

King said everyone who was at the property would be detained so they could be identified, but only one person was arrested.

King said the investigation is ongoing.

This story originally appeared in the Peninsula Daily News, a sibling paper of The Daily Herald.

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