Felon had 37 guns, Thurston deputies say

A 44-year-old felon released from prison in December was arrested Wednesday night with 37 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition when sheriff's deputies responded to a home after hearing gunshots from behind it, law enforcement officials said.

Raymond Thearl Jetmore, who told sheriff’s deputies he lives at the home in the 400 block of Viking Street with his mother, had an assortment of firearms scattered throughout the home, Thurston County Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy James Chamberlain said. They included a TEC-9 semiautomatic handgun, plus other handguns, rifles and shotguns, Chamberlain said.

During a court hearing Thursday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor ordered Jetmore held at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $150,000 after finding probable cause to support 37 counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Tabor set Jetmore’s bail above the amount sought by prosecutors, citing his belief that there are serious public-safety concerns about releasing Jetmore.

Jetmore’s most recent felony conviction was for second-degree burglary in 2006, but he has 11 prior felonies, Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John “Jack” Jones said in court Thursday.

“The state believes that this defendant poses an extreme danger to the community,” Jones said.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cheryl Stines said Thursday that although Jetmore says he lives with his mother, his mother was not home when deputies arrested him.

According to court papers:

While responding to a call of a weapons violation, two deputies heard gunshots from behind the residence. One of the deputies saw “a white male holding a rifle under his arm.” The deputy yelled at the man to stop and identify himself, but the man looked at him and walked into the residence.

After backup arrived, Jetmore left the residence, was ordered to his knees, and complied with deputies’ commands. Jetmore told the officers that there were firearms in the home.

After getting a search warrant, deputies found the guns, including a loaded shotgun with a spent shell. Three other spent shells were found in a trash can, and they smelled as if they recently had been fired.

Several thousand rounds of ammunition also were found in the house.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465