Shelton Police Department

Shelton argument turns into Shelton stabbing

An apparent argument turned into a stabbing incident last week in Shelton. Lieutenant Les Watson with the Shelton Police Department said on July 1, 2015 just after midnight, Shelton Police Officers responded to a stabbing that was reported to have occurred in the 300 block of South 1st Street. Officers were initially unable to locate a […]

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  • Homicide suspect chased from Shelton crime scene, one injured, one dead, one in custody

    SHELTON, Wash. – At about 7:08 last night, Shelton Police were dispatched to a shooting in the 1900 block of South 1st Street. On arrival the Officers’ attention was directed to a vehicle that was fleeing the scene. Shelton Police tell KBKW a vehicle pursuit ensued for several blocks and terminated with the suspect crashing into a fence and then fleeing on foot. Officers engaged in a short foot pursuit, but ultimately caught up with the suspect and took him into custody.

    At the original crime scene Officers located a victim who had sustained non-life threatening gunshot injuries to his hands and arms. He was transported to Mason General Hospital for treatment and later released. A second victim was found dead at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds.

    Although the investigation is not yet complete, Detectives at this point have determined that the parties involved in this incident are familiar with each other. It appears that there was a disturbance at the residence earlier, after which the suspect left. He returned with a handgun at which point the shootings occurred. During the course of the incident he reportedly took personal possessions belonging to the victims, although that is not thought to be the primary motivation behind the shootings. The suspect was identified to be 53 year old Michael Justiniano of Shelton. Justiniano was booked on charges of 1st Degree Homicide, Attempted Homicide and Robbery.

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  • SWAT Team Called To Apprehend Shooting Suspect

    HOODSPORT, Wash. – Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating a shooting after a landlord shot his tenant in the Lake Cushman area of Mason County early Saturday morning.


    Early Saturday morning, Sheriff Deputies responded to a 911 call report of a shooting at a two story condominium style home located within the 100-200 block of N. Duckabush Drive West, Hoodsport, WA.


    When Sheriff Deputies arrived they found a young adult male suffering from two gunshot wounds, one to his shoulder and the other to his leg.  The victim along with his girlfriend who was not injured were transported by ambulance to Mason General Hospital in Shelton, WA.  The victim was alert and talking to Deputies and Fire Medical Aid personnel when he was taken to the hospital and his injuries appeared to be non life-threatening.  The victim was eventually airlifted from Mason General Hospital to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for surgery.


    The victim and his girlfriend lived in the first floor apartment while the shooting suspect/landlord lived in the second floor apartment.  The suspect remained in his apartment and refused to make contact with Deputies.  The multi-agency SWAT team lead by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded and surrounded the residence for about three hours while the suspect continued to refuse contact.  When a search warrant was received, the SWAT team deployed diversionary devices along with a Sheriff K-9.


    The K-9 located the suspect inside the residence and he was placed into custody.  After being examined at Mason General Hospital for minor dog bites and released, the suspect was booked into the Mason County Jail on charges related to Assault with a Firearm.  No other persons or SWAT team members were injured in the stand-off and raid.


    the Mason County Sheriff’s Department tess KBKW the investigation will continue in order to find out the motive behind the shooting as well as positive identification of the landlord and the tenants

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  • Mason County Sheriff’s Traffic Enforcement Team Investigating A Serious Injury Accident

    SHELTON, Wash. – The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Team is investigating a one vehicle traffic collision at the 700 block of East Lake Shore Drive in Lakeland Village.  The collision occurred at about 1015 PM last night.

    The 2007 Ford Focus driven by Garrett T. Bell, 19, Allyn, was apparently west bound at a high rate of speed as it left the roadway.  The resulting collision injured two of the four passengers in the vehicle.  A male passenger, still not identified was seriously injured and immediately airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  As of 5:30 AM this morning his condition was listed as serious to life threatening.  A second female passenger identified as Nicole Cher’ee Walter, 17, Allyn, was transported to Mason General Hospital and was subsequently airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  Her condition was listed as serious but stable.  The two other passengers in the vehicle were not injured.

    Bell was uninjured and booked into the Mason County Jail for DUI and two counts of vehicular assault.  Speed and Alcohol are considered by investigators to be contributing factors to the collision.  The case remains under investigation.

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  • Shelton man found beaten, unconscious, police seek tips

    SHELTON, Wash. – On Tuesday, August 27 at about 11:11pm Shelton Police were dispatched to a disturbance in the downtown area of 1st Street and Railroad Avenue.  On arrival they found an unconscious adult male who was the apparent victim of an assault.  Witnesses indicated that a group of males were reported to have been seen fleeing the area on foot.  A K-9 track was conducted, but no suspects were located.

    Lieutenant Les Watson with the Shelton police tells us detectives are following up on leads at this time.  The information obtained up to this point suggests that the victim and the assailant(s) are familiar with one another.

    The victim was transported by ambulance to Mason General Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. His current condition is listed as critical.  Anyone with information that might be useful in the investigation of this incident is asked to call the Shelton Police Department at 360-426-4441. 

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  • Mason County Fatality Investigated as Vehicular Homicide

    SHELTON, Wash. – The Mason County Sheriff’s Office was notified just four minutes after midnight on Tuesday morning, May 15, 2012, of a traffic accident on E. Mikkelsen Road, just north of Shelton. Responding Deputies, Firefighters and Emergency Medical workers found that the single vehicle with four occupants had left the roadway.

    Three male occupants sustained different stages of injuries while one female occupant had died. Deputies Identified the male occupants as Dylan J. Burke, age 24, Jason J. Brown, age 31, and Cody R. Laney, age 21. The deceased female was identified as Terra K. Dittmer, age 38. All four occupants resided in Mason County.

    According to witness statements, the four had been celebrating Laney’s 21st birthday at the Towne Pub in Shelton and Burke was to be the designated driver.

    The vehicle, a 2003 silver Mercedes Benz was registered to Dittmer. Burke was identified as the driver by his injuries as well as witness statements. Brown and Laney were passengers. Laney was transported via helicopter to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle for a broken leg and internal bleeding; and Burke was transported via ambulance to Mason General Hospital for leg and head injuries.

    Today, May 16, 2012, Burke left Mason General Hospital, but later turned himself in to Deputies at the Mason County Jail. Burke will appear before a Mason County Superior Court Judge sometime this week.

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  • Three Injured in Mason County Collision

    SHELTON, Wash. – Mason County Sheriff’s Traffic Enforcement Team is investigating a two car collision that occurred on the Mason Lake Road at the Mason-Benson Road at about 5:33 AM on Monday.  According to investigating deputies the 1998 Ford Mustang driven by John M. Rizzo, 37, Shelton, was northbound on the Mason Lake Road when it was struck by a 1999 Dodge Durango driven by Steven A. Garrett, 42, Forks.  According to investigators, the Garrett vehicle was westbound on the Mason -Benson Road when it failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with the Rizzo vehicle.

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