Poulsbo man charged with murder of friend Tuesday night

POULSBO — A 56-year-old man allegedly shot his friend in the head Tuesday night in Poulsbo, then called police and waited at the scene. He was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and remains in Kitsap County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Casey Cutlip of Poulsbo was arrested by Poulsbo officers just after 10 p.m. on Feb. 21 in the dead man's condominium apartment. Cutlip called 911 after he admittedly shot the victim, Darwin A. Dunker, 74, three times in the head in Dunker's apartment at Viking Crest Condominiums, 20097 Viking Crest Loop, Poulsbo.

The incident began at 9:53 p.m., when sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to State Highway 3 and Tytler Road for a report of an "armed 56-year-old man making threats to harm another man who was not in that location." Poulsbo and county detectives later obtained a search warrant for Cutlip's residence on Tytler Road. According to the Poulsbo Police Department, the caller said the subject was leaving to look for the other man in Poulsbo. When deputies arrived, the suspect had departed.

Poulsbo police began checking apartment complexes after the first 911 call. Ten minutes after the first 911 call, at 10:02 p.m., Cutlip called 911 and confessed to shooting Dunker.

According to the prosecutor's report, Cutlip said Dunker made sexual advances toward Cutlip in the victim's apartment. Cutlip told the Poulsbo detective he repeatedly said no and "finally snapped, went home and got his .22 cal Beretta, returned to Dunker's apartment and shot him in the head."

Poulsbo Deputy Chief Wendy Davis said the two men were known to have been friends for several years.

"This was not a random situation, but it still shakes the community and we understand that," Davis said. "We're addressing concerns and addressing these situations as they come up."

Cutlip's first court appearance will be March 6 at 8:30 a.m. in District Court.


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