Couple who ran Kitsap County brewery found dead; suspect on the loose


The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in locating a 40-year-old man suspected of a double homicide on Thursday that claimed the lives of an Olalla couple who ran a small but popular brewery in the area.

Sheriff’s Lt. Ken Dickinson said Saturday that detectives have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Shaun D. Rose, who is suspected in what police call the “brutal” deaths of Steven and Mina Schulz, both 51 years, owners and operators of E2W Brewing, a home-based “nanobrewery” on their property in the 12900 block of Shady Glen Avenue Southeast in Olalla.

Dickinson said their bodies were found on the property Thursday night by their daughter, who pulled over and found evidence of a break-in to a house on the property and blood inside. She called 911 and responding deputies found the bodies elsewhere on the property, the lieutenant said.

Dickinson said detectives in the case are holding back the manner in which the couple died pending the arrest and questioning of the suspect. A press release said they died of “lethal violence”.

He said the sheriff’s office is asking to hear from residents or businesses in Port Orchard who may have video of the area around Bowe Lane from Thursday morning. Detectives say they believe Rose stole a vehicle there to leave the area. The vehicle has since been recovered, Dickinson said.

Dickinson said Rose would be “hiding in Pierce County or the Tacoma area,” and stressed that he should be considered armed and dangerous and that any sightings should be reported to law enforcement immediately.

Social media sites and documents filed with the Washington Secretary of State’s office indicate that the Schulzes owned a limited liability company called Sail On In, which did business as E2W Brewing.

According to his Facebook pagethe brewery recently sold its wares at the Bremerton Summer Brewfest the weekend of July 16. The page says the brewery’s Strawberry Ale won first place in a vote by beer drinkers who attended the Gig Harbor Beer Festival in May.


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