Two people were arrested after a shooting incident over the weekend in Aberdeen. Lieutenant C.J. Chastain said a 17-year-old Cosmopolis girl told investigators she was accidentally shot in the upper leg late Saturday night November 3rd.
Officers responded to the shooting report in the 1100 block of Arthur St. at 11:01 PM. Arriving on scene they located the female in extreme pain. She was rushed to the Grays Harbor Community Hospital a short time later by the Aberdeen Fire Department. The victim was extremely uncooperative with officers and detectives, only claiming that the shooting was an accident, as her boyfriend was setting the gun down.
Officers contacted two males outside of the residence. A 22-year old Bucoda male was taken into custody for Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A .22 caliber pistol was found on his person. The other male subsequently fled officers and was able to avoid apprehension hiding on the muddy bank of the Wishkah River.
The victim was contacted at the hospital and refused to provide any information about what happened. Around 2:20 AM officers were alerted the victim’s boyfriend was at the hospital to see her. A Grays Harbor County deputy Sheriff was at the hospital on an unrelated matter, and he attempted to detain the boyfriend until responding officers could arrive. The deputy was involved in an altercation with the boyfriend, who again tried to flee.
The boyfriend was later positively identified as the 17-year old Aberdeen male who had fled and eluded officers at the shooting scene earlier. The male suspect was taken into custody by Aberdeen officers, and subsequently booked into the Grays Harbor Juvenile Detention Facility for investigation of Assault 2nd Degree and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. During booking, he was also found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine, and he was additionally being held on VUCSA (drug) charges.