When sheriff's deputies arrived at the residence after 3 p.m., they found a bullet hole in the tenant's television. Apparently, someone had used a firearm to shoot at the residence, court papers state. Another tenant at the home alleged that the landlord had earlier shot him in the back with a pellet gun. Deputies found chainsaw marks on the door and ceiling, and the tenants' washing machine had been damaged.
The man who said he was shot with a pellet gun had "two small holes on the upper left side" of his back, according to court papers.
Sheriff's deputies were called out to the mobile home in the 8700 block of 153rd Avenue Friday afternoon on a report of a landlord having a dispute with his tenants.
Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Brady said the case is still under investigation. He said the nature of the dispute between the landlord and the tenants was unclear.
The landlord, Buster Mokuohai, 35, was taken into custody. He was being held at the Thurston County Jail Monday on suspicion of first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, second-degree malicious mischief and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $75,000.
Mokuohai "has had a history of mental instability," court papers state.
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