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Fugitive In Family Shootings Caught

A Washington man accused of killing two members of his sister-in-law’s family in Montana and wounding two others was arrested early Saturday near a Corpus Christi beach.

Carl Sidney Race, 49, of Woodland, Wash., was taken into custody without incident at about 4 a.m., said Corpus Christi police Capt. Gene Frobish.

Race was the subject of an FBI manhunt after the Oct. 21 shooting deaths of Rita Wyman, 55, and her son, Paul Wyman, 28, at the family home northeast of Miles City in eastern Montana.

Wyman’s husband, Claude, and another son, Jeff Wyman, 32, also were shot. Race, who authorities say apparently blamed the family for the breakup of his marriage, is accused of pouring kerosene over the four bodies and setting the house on fire.

Claude and Jeff Wyman are in critical condition with gunshot wounds and burns. Custer County, Mont., sheriff’s officials have kept their whereabouts secret to protect them.

Authorities had thought Race might be on his way to Battle Ground, Wash., where his estranged wife, Nancy, lives.

Frobish said Corpus Christi police received word from the FBI late Friday that Race could be in the area, driving a 1978 Buick with Washington license plates.

A Nueces County sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle and a man matching Race’s description along a Padre Island beach before dawn Saturday. Police, including SWAT teams, and FBI agents decided to wait until daybreak to make the arrest.

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