TAHUYA - A 52-year-old Tahuya man was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly shooting a neighbor three times following an altercation, according to the Mason County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were called to Cheyenne Hill Drive in Tahuya about 6:43 a.m. Chief Deputy Dean Byrd said the suspect went to the home of his neighbor, 50, and an argument outside the neighbor’s home led to gunshots. The neighbor was shot by the suspect in the abdomen, chest and groin, Byrd said.
The alleged shooter was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. at his nearby home, after the Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded with its SWAT team.
Their road is located off of Hurd Road west of Belfair State Park. The heavily wooded location of the shooting is about 3.5 miles from the nearest paved road. Deputies blocked off Spring Hill Drive, which connects the Hurd Road to Cheyenne Hill Drive.
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The 50-year-old shooting victim was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, said Jeromy Hicks, spokesman for Mason County Fire District 2. A helicopter from Airlift Northwest was not able to fly to pick the patient up due to weather, Hicks said. He was in stable condition by mid-morning, Byrd said.
Deputies plan to search the home of both the alleged victim and suspect. Byrd said a marijuana grow has been found inside the alleged victim’s home.
The Washington State Patrol and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife assisted deputies at the scene, according to trooper Krista Hedstrom.