Rainier woman held in attempt on partner's life; son also arrested

Staff writerSeptember 5, 2013 

A woman who allegedly fired a shotgun at her partner's head at their Rainier home Wednesday morning purchased the gun at a McKenna gun store Tuesday after she was told she would have to wait five days for a "normal firearm with hollow point rounds," court papers state.

After being told of the wait necessary to purchase hollow point rounds, Adrianne Foster "said she did not want to wait the five days and learned she could purchase the shotgun without the wait," court papers state.

The morning after buying the shotgun, Foster is accused in court papers of firing it at her 65-year-old partner as he emerged from the bathroom. The shotgun blast just missed the man's head, and sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the couple's Raintree Loop home after a 911 call from the man.

The alleged victim called 911 to report an "explosion," court papers state, and he did not even know that someone had fired a gun.

During an interview with detectives, Foster admitted to firing the shotgun at her partner, "because she was under contract by President Obama and the Japanese government," court papers state.

She later "broke down crying saying she missed and wasted her money buying the shotgun," court papers state. "She continued by saying she should have shot him in the back of the head like she planned..."

In a phone interview Thursday, Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Brady said detectives have been unable to discern what Foster's motive might have been beyond what she told deputies at the scene.

A judge on Thursday ordered Foster, 49, held on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in the alleged attack on her partner.

Foster and the alleged victim share a 19-year-old son in common who was present at the Raintree Loop home when the shotgun was fired. After further investigation by sheriff's deputies on Wednesday afternoon, the son, Donovan Foster, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon found probable cause to support the allegation of conspiracy to commit murder during Thursday's court hearing, and set Donovan Foster's bail at $15,000.

The alleged victim was present in court Thursday, and loudly advocated for his son's release from jail to their home. However, Dixon ordered that if Donovan Foster does make bail, he will not be allowed to reside in the same home as the alleged victim.

Donovan Foster appeared unsure of how to answer when Dixon asked him in court whether he wanted a court-appointed attorney.

Brady said Thursday that detectives have evidence that Donovan Foster drove with his mother to McKenna to purchase the shotgun and helped her in her attempt to modify it. Brady added that because detectives developed probable cause that the son had potential knowledge of his mother's plans and did nothing to stop her, they had a duty to place him under arrest.

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

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