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.
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.