Both men injured Saturday in a shooting on Yelm Highway are still recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said both men are expected to survive their injuries. One of the men — the man wanted for jumping bail who fired the first shot — will be arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder upon his release from the hospital.
He now is under the supervision of King County corrections officers, Ziesemer said. He was shot in the hip and leg.
The other man, a bail enforcement agent who will not face criminal charges, was shot in the head.
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The shooting occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday when a Nisqually tribal officer and two bail enforcement agents employed by a private company went to a home in the 12700 block of Yelm Highway. They were attempting to arrest the resident on a Thurston County Superior Court warrant for first-degree burglary, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The man they sought, armed with a pistol, shot one of the agents multiple times. The other agent shot the suspect.
The Nisqually officer didn’t participate in the shooting and was out of sight of the scene. He immediately radioed dispatch to report that shots had been fired.
When Thurston County Sheriff’s detectives arrived at the scene, they learned that C-4 explosives were stored in a shop on the property. A Thurston County judge granted a search warrant, and the Washington State Patrol Explosives Unit located about a pound of the explosive, according to the Sheriff’s Office.