Olalla shooting, stabbing victim's roommate arrested
May 22, 2010 · Updated 9:55 AM
Kitsap County Sheriff's Office investigators announced Friday night an arrest had been made in the shooting and stabbing of an Olalla man earlier in the day.
According to a release from spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson, the victim's 26-year-old roommate was taken into custody after it was discovered he was already incarcerated in Mason County on charges of drinking under the influence.
The incident began when emergency crews responded early Friday morning to a routine distress call from Olalla.
Neighbors heard a man yelling for help in the 14800 block of Roy Road in the Olalla area and, after investigating, called 911 at around 6 a.m. to report someone suffering from back pain.
The aid workers, however, discovered the victim had multiple gunshot and knife wounds after what Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies in calling a “bizarre incident.”
According to Wilson, responding crews immediately called for a medical helicopter to airlift the victim from Mullenix Ridge Elementary School to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with what have been described as “life-threatening” injuries.
At noon on Friday, he was reported in the intensive care unit in critical condition. By Saturday morning, however, his condition had been upgraded to “serious.”
Meanwhile, during the follow-on investigation detectives identified the male roommate of the victim and worked to locate and question him about the assault.
Detectives subsequently learned that the roommate was being held in the Mason County Jail after being arrested for DUI by a Washington State Patrol trooper.
The roommate was released from Mason County and transported to Kitsap County.
Sheriff’s detectives developed probable cause to arrest the roommate as the primary suspect in connection with the assault and injuries to the victim.
The suspect was booked into Kitsap County Jail for first-degree assault, with bail set at $250,000.
“There is only one victim that we know of right now and he has serious assault injuries,” Wilson said. “He has multiple lacerations, gunshot wounds and a possible spinal fracture. We don't know what happened or why yet as detectives are out investigating the incident right now.”
More developments will be posted to the Port Orchard Independent’s website as they become available throughout the day.