Olympia man arrested for allegedly firing handgun in artesian well parking lot

Staff writerSeptember 12, 2013 

Olympia police arrested an intoxicated 21-year-old felon Wednesday night after he allegedly fired a Desert Eagle 9mm pistol at the ground in the artesian well parking lot downtown.

According to court papers:

Olympia officers were parked in marked patrol vehicles at 5th and Jefferson about 11:30 p.m. when one officer heard a gunshot. The officer looked to the artesian well parking lot and saw a man "looking back and forth" and he walked out of the area with a backpack in his hands. He then started running into a nearby alley.

An Olympia officer stopped the man, approached him, and searched him for weapons. The suspect seemed "highly intoxicated" and told the officer the backpack was not his, but he had picked it up off the ground. He also said he was running from the gunfire.

The officer looked through the backpack, and found a loaded 9mm Desert Eagle pistol. "The weapon was found with the hammer back and a round of ammunition in the chamber." The barrel was warm, indicating the gun had just been fired.

Officers found a bullet mark in the pavement near where the gun had been fired, and a brass round in the same location.

The suspect, who has "at least two prior felony convictions" and prior arrests for fighting in public, second-degree burglary, trafficking in stolen property and second-degree robbery, was placed under arrest and booked at the Thurston County Jail.

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

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