The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office was attempting to locate Lareciana “Lala” Broussard-James in reference to the homicide of Moclips resident Zachery Christensen. Detectives located Broussard-James and took her into custody. Upon further investigation, detectives learned from witnesses and speaking with those involved in the altercation that Broussard-James had been confronted by three people in regard to an alleged theft. Broussard-James was confronted by a 62-year-old male Moclips resident, 45-year-old female Copalis Crossing resident, and the victim Zachery Christensen.
Broussard-James was assaulted during the confrontation and at one point a firearm was pointed at Broussard-James. A struggle ensued over the firearm. During the course of the struggle the firearm was discharged fatally striking Zachery Christensen.
Detectives located and arrested the 62 year old male and the 45 year old female. They were booked on murder in the second degree. A defendant can be charged with murder in the second degree if he or she commits or attempts to commit any felony, including assault, and in the course of committing the crime, he or she causes the death of another person. Detectives recovered two firearms that were used during the altercation.
The case is being forwarded to the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor for charging consideration. Broussard-James was released from custody and the investigation is continuing. If you have any information reference this case please contact Detective Beck at 360-964-1770.