Man arrested on suspicion of shooting girlfriend in Lacey

Staff writerNovember 5, 2013 

Lacey arrested a woman's boyfriend after he allegedly dropped her off at Providence St. Peter Hospital Monday night after shooting her in the leg, according to a news release.

The boyfriend, James Sao, 27, of Auburn, was ordered held at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault during a court hearing Tuesday. His bail was set at $75,000.

The woman was treated for "non life-threatening injuries" at the hospital. Lacey Police Lt. Phil Comstock said Tuesday that the woman was shot in the thigh.

Lacey and Olympia police responded to Providence St. Peter Hospital about 9 p.m. after the woman was admitted.

Investigation revealed that the shooting occurred at a residence on Cora Street SE. Detectives also learned that Sao brought her to the hospital, then left. The woman at first would not tell detectives what happened, but later admitted that Sao "was waving a gun around" because he was angry that she wanted to leave the Cora Street residence they were visiting, according to court papers.

She said "the gun went off and she was shot in the leg," court papers state.

A bullet hole on a couch at the residence showed that the woman was shot in the leg while she was sitting there, according to court papers.

After midnight Tuesday morning, Lacey police located Sao driving his girlfriend's vehicle. After a traffic stop in the 5300 block of 24th Avenue SE, he was taken into custody.

When Sao was placed under arrest, he told a detective that he wasn't going to tell him anything "so you might as well take me to jail so (I) can see my homies," court papers state.

Lacey police have not recovered the firearm believed to have been used in the shooting.


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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