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Bail set at $100,000 for woman arrested in connection with State Avenue shooting

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Bail was set at $100,000 for a 34-year old woman accused of first-degree assault and possession of a firearm in connection with a May 27 incident on State Avenue in Olympia, according to court records.

Erica R. Doyle appeared in court on Tuesday. A Thurston County Superior Court commissioner found probable cause for assault in the first-degree/domestic violence while armed with a firearm, assault in violation of a no-contact order, and unlawful possession of a firearm in the first-degree.

According to charging documents:

About 5:30 p.m. Monday, an officer was dispatched to an assault report in the 2400 block of State Avenue. The victim was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds. The victim’s mother told police officers she believed the incident happened on State Avenue, where the victim’s ex-girlfriend lived.

The victim initially told an officer he thought he was shot with a BB or pellet gun; however, medics said he suffered six gunshot wounds consistent with a larger-caliber firearm — four in his legs and two in his upper body.

The victim was initially evasive and uncooperative in answering questions about what had happened and who was involved, according to charging documents. A responding officer found that the victim’s minor son also had been present for the incident and was sharing information with officers.

The victim eventually revealed he has known the suspect, Doyle, since high school and that they have been in an on-and-off-again relationship for several years. He also said Doyle had assaulted him before with a baseball bat. The victim acknowledged there is a no-contact order protecting him from Doyle, but admitted he was in the house with her earlier in the day.

An argument escalated when Doyle accused him of cheating on her. She then produced a firearm from her bedroom and began shooting, according to charging documents.

When police arrived at the scene, Doyle did not come out. A SWAT team was called in and area roads were blocked off until about 11 p.m. Monday when she eventually emerged, according to Olympia police Lt. Paul Lower. She was booked into the Thurston County Jail.

Doyle is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing on June 11 in Thurston County Superior Court.

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