Crime

Soldier jailed after shots fired

A 26-year-old Lakewood man who is a soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was arrested Sunday morning after shots were fired near a downtown Olympia nightclub, according to Olympia police.

Officers were in the area of Fifth Avenue and Franklin Street at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday when they heard the sound of gunshots. The shots were fired across the street from The Vault nightclub, Sgt. Dan Wojtech said.

Officers arrived at the scene and were directed by witnesses toward two vehicles leaving a nearby parking lot. Both vehicles were stopped, and suspects were detained.

Maurice Flewellen, one of the vehicle’s drivers, admitted to having a 9 mm pistol under his seat. He also told authorities he is a soldier in the Army stationed at JBLM. He was with other soldiers during the incident, Wojtech said.

The weapon was secured at the scene, and there were no injuries.

Flewellen was booked into the Thurston County Jail for harassment and discharge of a firearm, according to Olympia police.

“Any time a weapon is fired in downtown Olympia, we take that very seriously,” Wojtech said.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen or has information about the event to contact the department at 360-753-8300 or Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.

Nate Hulings: 360-754-5476 nhulings@theolympian.com

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