Olympia man pleads guilty to shooting SWAT officer in arm

Staff writerJune 11, 2013 

An Olympia man has pleaded guilty to six felonies in a plea deal in connection with the shooting in the arm of a Thurston County SWAT officer during a 2011 drug raid.

On Thursday, Christopher Self, 40, accepted a plea offer that prosecutors had left on the table at the start of his trial.

The plea deal allowed Self to plead guilty to one count of first-degree assault and one of second-degree assault for firing a shot that struck a SWAT officer in the arm and nearly struck another. The officer was shot during a raid at Self’s home in the 5000 block of 70th Avenue in Olympia on June 6, 2011.

Prosecutors dismissed two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Self also pleaded guilty to narcotics-related charges stemming from selling marijuana and ecstasy pills to an undercover informant.

Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Toynbee said that his office had given Self time after the start of the trial Wednesday to decide whether to accept the plea.

The SWAT officer who was injured by Self’s gunshot is back on the job as an Olympia police detective. The officer was consulted by the prosecutor’s office in advance of the plea offer, Toynbee said.

Toynbee said Self faces a prison sentence of 13 to 18 years under the plea deal. The prosecutor’s office will recommend 18 years at sentencing, Toynbee said.

“He’s pleading guilty to some very serious charges,” Toynbee said Tuesday.

Self’s sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday morning before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon.

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