Eric Kulp in custody following standoff in Marblemount

Eric Kulp was taken into custody in the Marblemount area of Skagit County by the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office with the help of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office after a brief standoff on the afternoon of Friday, April 13. According to San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord, Kulp suffered serious self-inflicted wounds during the stand-off and is currently in Harborview in Seattle.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office developed probable cause to arrest Kulp for second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Abigail Finney, 38. Her body was found Thursday, April 5 on their property on Blind Bay Road, Shaw Island, where she lived with Kulp, formerly known as Eric Tubbs.

Once Kulp goes before a judge regarding his arrest, the prosecutor’s office has 72 hours to file charges.

Gaylord, who is also the county coroner, said a determination of the cause of death will await the completion of the autopsy report in a couple of weeks. Gaylord agreed with Sheriff Krebs that talking to Kulp is important to the determinations that need to be made by the coroner.