The 17-year-old Parkland boy arrested on suspicion of shooting his mother in the leg Wednesday was ordered Thursday to Western State Hospital to undergo a mental evaluation.
Pierce Count Superior Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi said he was “very concerned” about Ralph Leo Magana’s mental health.
Prosecutors on Thursday charged Magana as an adult with one count of first-degree assault and one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm.
He’s accused of shooting his mother after becoming upset that she was fighting with her husband. She was treated and released from a hospital. The shooting was reported about 4:30 p.m. at a home near Sheridan Avenue South and 106th Street South.
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Magana later pointed the gun at himself during a standoff with sheriff’s deputies, who took him into custody after he threw down the pistol.
The teen’s mother, Heidi Magana, attended his first appearance in court Thursday. She told Oishi her son has had a difficult time since being in a car wreck this spring in which a friend died.
“He doesn’t know how to handle the situation,” said Magana, who asked Oishi not to jail her son or issue an order prohibiting him from contacting her. “He’s not a threat to me. He’s actually my best friend.”
Oishi issued the no-contact order despite her wishes. He also ordered her son jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail when he’s released from Western State Hospital.
The boy has yet to enter a plea.