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Suspect arrested in connection to Thursday night shooting near Martin Way

Suspect arrested in shooting at the Jungle

Olympia police search the Chehalis-Western Trail on Tuesday, eventually locating and arresting a suspect in last week's shooting at a homeless camp.
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Olympia police search the Chehalis-Western Trail on Tuesday, eventually locating and arresting a suspect in last week's shooting at a homeless camp.

Olympia police arrested a man Tuesday morning who was wanted in connection to a Thursday night shooting in a wooded encampment between Martin Way and Pacific Avenue sometimes referred to as the Jungle.

After a report that the suspect had been spotted, Olympia police and detectives were dispatched to an area of the Chehalis-Western Trail north of Martin Way.

Lt. Paul Lower said the suspect, Robert Moffitt, was found near the 500 block of Lilly Road Northeast, which parallels the trail.

The Olympian typically does not name suspects before they appear in court, but Moffitt had been identified by police over the weekend, asking the public to help locate him.

Lower expects Moffitt to be booked on suspicion of first-degree assault, although he could face more serious charges after the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office reviews the case, Lower said.

The Olympian reported Friday that a 46-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and taken to nearby Providence St. Peter Hospital.

The shooting was thought to be the result of a dispute between three residents of the camp, including Moffitt, Lower said.

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