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Mike Compton murder: Killed in own front yard — with own gun; help solve case that shocked small town
ORTING -- It was three years ago today that an Orting man was shot and killed in his front yard -- with his own gun. Orting’s police chief sat down with me for a rare interview, along with several other agencies working the case, to ask for your help solving Mike Compton’s murder. It was 2 a.m. in the morning on February 19th, 2014 when detectives say he interrupted a burglary in his garage and was killed with his own shotgun. “It was very stormy, not your normal Seattle area storm,” explains Fife Police Det. Sgt. Tom Thompson. “It was pouring down rain and so the crime scene, everything was saturated in water, the wind was blowing sideways. I was the second one on scene. Immediately I noticed that Mr. Compton was in his front yard, a little bit away from the front door, and he was in his pajamas.”