VANCOUVER — An employee armed with a gun came to work on his day off and shot his boss at the Benjamin Moore paint distribution warehouse late Monday morning before turning the gun on himself.
Reports are that Robert Brown, a 64-year-old driver with the company was upset over hours and asked his boss to step outside where he shot him and then took his own life.
Police found 45-year-old Ryan Momeny lying dead on the ground in front of the business, which is located within the Westside Business Center complex in the city’s industrial district on Fourth Plain Blvd. west of I-5.
Trauma counselors were available to workers at the plant to help them deal with a workplace tragedy.
Police used the reverse 911 system to alert people who live and work in the area of the incident and ask them to stay indoors. Fruit Valley Elementary School is within a few blocks and was in lockdown until the scene was secured.
Police found a vehicle with fogged up windows in the parking lot. Officers tried to contact the person inside. After breaking out a window, they found the man dead inside “from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound”.
Brown worked for the company for seven years as a delivery driver distributing paint to stores. There were apparently no reports of problems until now.
Momeny worked for the company since 1985 and was a manager for ten years. He leaves behind a wife in Camas, a microbiologist at Kaiser in Portland.