Olympia police arrested a 36-year-old man Thursday after he allegedly shot another man in the face with a paintball gun at the Union Gospel Mission in downtown Olympia.
Kirk D. Shields appeared Friday before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson. Wilson found probable cause for a third-degree assault charge and set bail at $10,000.
Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jackson said Shields has criminal history in five states, and the Prosecutor’s Office may pursue additional charges once they receive more information.
“I think this may be elevated to assault in the second degree,” Jackson said.
Police responded to reports of an assault at the mission at about 1 p.m. Thursday, according to Lt. Paul Lower. A 911 caller reported that Shields was repeatedly hitting another man with a club-like object.
According to court documents, the victim told police that Shields, who frequents the shelter, pointed a paintball gun in his face and then pulled the trigger. Shields then is accused of hitting the man in the face with the gun, knocking him to the ground.
Shields allegedly continued to hit the man while he was on the ground.
Workers at the mission reported that Shields fled in a Chevrolet Blazer.
Police found the vehicle a short time later, and saw a paintball gun sitting on the floor behind the driver’s seat, according to court documents. Police then located and arrested Shields.
Shields was booked into the Thurston County jail.