Centralia woman arrested on suspicion of shooting husband.

Staff writerMarch 31, 2014 

Cynthia Fetterly


Thurston County sheriff's deputies arrested a 57-year-old Centralia woman Saturday night after she allegedly shot her husband in the back when she fired a gun through a closed door.

A judge found probable cause to order the woman, Cynthia Fetterly, 57, held on suspicion of first-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon, during a court hearing Monday. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch ordered Fetterly's bail set at $15,000.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Fetterly after they were dispatched to a report of gunfire at a residence in the 19000 block of Mellen Street SW about 11:15 p.m. Saturday night, Thurston County Sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin said.

Elwin said the Mellen Street residence has a Centralia postal address, but it is physically located in Thurston County.

Investigation revealed that Fetterly was having an argument with her 50-year-old husband. During the argument, the man left the house and went into the garage, a news release states.

Once the door between the home and garage was closed, Fetterly armed herself and fired a single shot through the door. The bullet her husband in the back, the release states.

Fetterly told deputies she fired the shot because she didn't want her husband to come back after the argument. The firearm used in the shooting was a .38 caliber pistol.

According to court papers, Fetterly told deputies "she felt the need to protect herself," but "could not explain why" because her husband has never assaulted her.

Elwin said there is no indication the woman acted in self-defense, or that her husband had threatened to harm her.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Wheeler said in court that he believes alcohol played a strong role in the shooting. Deputies who responded smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Fetterly's breath, court papers state.

Wheeler said "she didn't say anything to deputies about fear, it was simple anger and frustration."

Fetterly was placed under arrest on suspicion of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence.

Fetterly has one prior conviction for driving under the influence in 1998. Fetterly is a longtime state employee with the Washington Department of Retirement Systems, court papers state.

Hirsch ordered that, if Fetterly makes bail, she must wear at all times a bracelet that will monitor electronically whether she had consumed alcohol, and she is not allowed to consume any alcohol as a condition of her release.

The shooting victim was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital for treatment. He was in stable condition Monday. Elwin said he believes the man is expected to make a full recovery.

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

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