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Man shot by deputy, arrested

A man shot in the hand by a Thurston County sheriff's deputy was arrested Tuesday at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia on suspicion of residential burglary and third-degree assault, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chris Mealy said.

The deputy was responding to reports of a burglary at Savannah Manor Apartments at 1025 Neal St. N.E. shortly after midnight when he reportedly saw Robert L. Lowrey, 34, of Thurston County in an apartment that was not supposed to be occupied, Chief Criminal Deputy Jim Chamberlain said.

A neighbor knew the tenant was not home and had alerted the manager, who called 9-1-1.

The deputy confronted Lowrey, who was not cooperating and appeared to have something in his hand that looked like a weapon, the sheriff's office reported.

Lowrey allegedly moved toward the deputy, who fired one round that struck Lowrey's hand. Investigators are not saying whether the item in Lowrey's hand was a weapon.

The deputy was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation of the shooting.

The sheriff's office likely will release his name today, officials said. The investigation is being led by the Thurston County officer involved critical incident team, which includes members of the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and county law enforcement agencies, according to the sheriff's office.

Lowrey was released Jan. 15 from jail in Shasta County, Calif., for a parole violation, driving under the influence and drug possession, Chamberlain said. He has had several drug and parole violation convictions. He also has an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for missing a court date related to a shoplifting arrest at the Lacey Wal-Mart, Lacey police Cmdr. John Suessman said. He is suspected of stealing tools and electronic equipment worth about $80 at the store, Suessman said.

Online reporter April Chan writes for The Olympian. She can be reached at 360-754-5406 or achan@theolympian.com.

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