Crime

Man arrested for attempted murder after gun jams during fight in Rainier

A 33-year-old man was arrested Saturday night in Rainier after he allegedly tried to shoot another man in the head during a fight.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded about 11:15 p.m. Jan. 31 to a disturbance at a party in the 700 block of Tipsoo Loop Southeast.

The suspect, Guy Albert Miller, had punched his girlfriend in the face during the party. When a 25-year-old male at the party confronted Miller about the assault, Miller pulled out a handgun, according to court documents.

The 25-year-old male tried to disarm him. After a physical struggle, Miller got the man in a headlock, put the gun against the man’s head and pulled the trigger until it clicked, but the gun failed to fire, according to the sheriff’s office.

Witnesses told deputies that Miller attempted to load another round in the gun’s chamber when a party guest struck Miller’s wrist, causing the gun to fly across the room. Miller was forced outside by another male at the residence before he was arrested by deputies, according to court documents.

Miller appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court. He faces charges of second-degree attempted murder, fourth-degree assault/domestic violence and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Judge Anne Hirsch set bail for $500,000 and scheduled his arraignment for 10 a.m. Feb. 17.

Upon his arrest Saturday night, the suspect’s blood alcohol level was .224, more than twice the legal limit, said Lt. Cliff Ziesemer.

Ziesemer told The Olympian that the bullet in the gun had an indentation, but for some reason did not fire when the trigger was pulled.

“This could be a murder if (the gun) had fired,” Ziesemer said.

Public defender Eric Pilon was appointed as Miller’s attorney, and had initially asked for reduced bail of $250,000 at Monday’s hearing because “it sounds like there’s a lot more to the story than what’s in the probable cause statement,” he said.

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