Bellingham, Wash. (CBS SEATTLE) — A Washington man is accused of murdering his 60-year-old stepfather for allegedly “favoring his other grown children.”

Police and relatives allege that North Sound man, Joshua Adams, was responsible for the shooting death of his stepfather, Steven Siebert, before leading police on a wild chase in a stolen pickup truck on State Highway 20, KIRO-TV reports.

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo told the Whidbey News-Times that another one of Siebert’s adult sons arrived at the home they shared on Tuesday evening, and reported that the 60-year-old’s body had multiple gunshot wounds, and that his vehicle and dog were both missing.

Police put out a bulletin for Adams, 41, who lived nearby the man’s Lake Louise Drive home, but was missing and deemed a person of interest in the homicide.

Sgt. Mark Plumberg of the Island County Sheriff’s Office caught up to Adams after he allegedly ditched a separate, stolen pickup truck and then hit a spike strip, causing sparks and pieces of tire to litter the roadway and fly at pursuing police vehicles, the probable cause affidavit states.

Plumberg said Adams finally stopped and exited the vehicle and began pacing before he tackled him onto the side of the road. Sheriff Mark Brown told the News-Times that Plumberg and other authorities chasing Adams were not aware they were pursuing a homicide suspect.

Both Siebert’s dog and the automatic handgun were found inside the truck, Plumberg wrote.

Court documents show that Adams admitted to a felony history in California, and relatives told KIRO that he struggled with mental health issues and “accused Siebert of favoring his other grown children.”

Adams was issued $1 million bail from Island County Superior Court, and was booked into Whatcom County Jail around 4:45 on Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder and possession of a stolen vehicle.


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