Podcaster, husband shot dead by stalker in Washington home: police

The podcaster has filed a non-contact order against the follower.

A podcaster and her husband were shot and killed in their Redmond, Washington home after a suspected stalker entered the home around 1:45 a.m. Friday.

The suspect, 38-year-old Ramin Kodakaramresai, was also found dead in the house.

Redmond police responded to a report of a shooting and found three people dead in the home after the victim’s mother escaped the home and called police from a neighbor.

When officers arrived, they found the resident of the home lying on the ground in the front yard with a gunshot wound to the chest. Officers attempted life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Inside the home, officers found the bodies of Kodakaramresai and the wife of the man allegedly followed by the suspect in the master bedroom. The suspect died of an apparent gunshot wound, Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe said during a press conference Friday.

According to Lowe, the suspect entered the home through the mother’s bedroom window. The suspect fled to a neighbor’s house and got into an argument with the mother before calling 911, the chief said.

Police knew the victim and the residence because of the ongoing stalking investigation.

“Kodagaramresai allegedly started contacting the victim after listening to her podcasts. The victim and the suspect became friends, but when things escalated, she filed a no-contact order against him,” Redmond police said in a press release Friday.

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Lowe said the woman and Kodakaramresai first met on the social app Clubhouse. In a police complaint, she said she had reported more than 100 contacts from Kodakaramresai in a single day.

Lowe did not identify the victims, but the woman was named in the protective order filed as Zohreh Sadeghi. She said in the order.[Mr. Khodakaramrezaei] He has repeatedly said that nothing short of his own death will leave me alone.”

Lowe said police are trying to locate and arrest Kodakaramresai, a long-haul truck driver believed to be from Texas, to file a petition for a protective order because his whereabouts are difficult to pinpoint. His work kept him moving interstate.

“A restraining order is a piece of paper that allows authorities to take enforcement action if a suspect violates a court order. But a piece of paper doesn’t protect a person when they intend to harm someone,” Lowe said.

The police chief noted that the family had taken steps to protect themselves, but said it was an “absolutely unfortunate outcome.”

ABC News’ Samira Said contributed to this report.

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