Rainier woman allegedly tried to shoot and kill partner

Staff writerSeptember 4, 2013 

A 49-year-old Rainier woman was booked into jail Wednesday morning after she allegedly fired a shotgun round at a man's head as he emerged from the bathroom before 6 a.m.

The woman's motive for attempting to shoot and kill the man was apparently that she believed governments had ordered her to do so, Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Brady said.

Brady said investigators believe the woman may have mental health issues. She was being booked into the Thurston County Jail Wednesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence before 6 a.m. on a report of a loud explosion, Brady said. It turns out that the loud noise was the gunshot fired by the woman, he added.

The 65-year-old man was unaware that the woman had fired a gunshot at his head, because she immediately retreated after firing the shot, and hid the shotgun in a bedroom, Brady said.

"I don't think he had any indication she was going to attempt to kill him," Brady said.

Luckily, the shotgun blast sailed over the man's head, according to Brady.

The suspect and the man have an adult son in common, and he also was in the residence when the shot was fired.

The woman purchased the shotgun on Tuesday at a gun shop in McKenna, Brady said. Sheriff's deputies placed the woman under arrest Wednesday morning without incident, he added.


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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