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Update Murder suspect booked: update on Longview murder: Cowlitz Sheriff Detectives still on scene where Longview man killed his estranged wife. Suspect arrested - 09/08/15
Update #2 Tuesday September 8th 2pm - Mr. Moen has been released by the hospital and is now in custody at the Cowlitz County Jail. He was booked for Murder in the first degree.

Questions regarding his court appearance date and time should be directed to the Cowlitz County Superior Court at 360-577-3085.

We will not be releasing any info about Mr. Moen's medical condition.

We will not be releasing any photos.

-----Previous release ---

Update #1 9-7-15 4pm- Detectives have concluded the processing of the scene and turned over the residence to family members.

Detectives are not saying how Ms. Moen died, that will released by the coroner after the autopsy that is now updated to happen tonight at 7pm. The cause and manner of death will come from the coroner and not from the Sheriff's Office. Early reports that the victim had been shot stem from some misunderstanding that was caused when people hearing gun shots that actually came from a neighbor who was target practicing nearby, and not related at all to this case.

Mr. Moen is still under guard at St. John hospital and we do not know how much longer he will be there for treatment. He has been arrested for Murder in the first degree and will remain under guard until released by the hospital and then he will be booked in the Cowlitz County Jail. We are not describing Mr. Moen's medical status other than to say he was taken there for treatment of carbon monoxide exposure and dog bites on his arm from when the Police K9 took him to the ground as previously reported.

We will send out a media notice when the hospital releases the suspect.

We are not releasing any pictures.

----------------Original release below ------------------------

Longview, Wash - Cowlitz Deputies got a call shortly after 4:00 p.m. from a man who had gone to his friends in the 200 block of Robertson Road and while he was there his friend, Cleon Moen, 73 yrs of age told him that he (Moen) had killed his wife. The man, whose name we are no releasing, left and called 911. Deputies responded to the scene, along with Lower Columbia SWAT and a K-9. Mr. Moen was out in a pump house behind the house with a hose hooked up to the pump house in an apparent suicide attempt. SWAT ordered Moen to give up and laydown on the ground. He refused. After several more attempted, the SWAT team sent in a K9 who took Moen to the ground, where he was then taken in to custody by SWAT. Deputies entered the house with a fire medic and confirmed Mrs. Moen, 58 years of age, was dead.

While there have been reports that Mr. Moen Shot his wife, our investigation is not able to confirm or deny that as a complete examination at the scene has not been conducted.

The coroner is on scene and now has her body in his custody. Mr. Moen is at St John Hospital under guard by deputies while he is being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning and a few dog bites. He is under arrest for Murder in the 1st degree and will be book in to the Cowlitz County Jail once he has been cleared by Doctors.

Detectives will be working at the scene most of the night and will resume processing evidence at the scene tomorrow.

We are not releasing any photos.

We are not describing the victims injuries or cause or manner of death.

The family was notified by deputies and members of the Cowlitz Chaplaincy.

I will not be available for calls until after 10am tomorrow.