Olympia Police Respond to Shooting-Suicide Incident
On April 3, 2018, at approximately 10 p.m., Olympia Police were dispatched to the area of the 200 block of 5th Avenue SE. Officers arrived to find a man unconscious in the roadway from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The Olympia Fire Department responded to attempt lifesaving measures. The 31-year-old man later died at St. Peter Hospital. Many witnesses to what occurred were located in the immediate area and interviewed by responding officers and detectives.
According to the witnesses, an argument started on a sidewalk between several people in the area just before the shooting occurred. That argument led to some pushing and shoving. A 59-year-old man, who’d been inside a nearby coffee shop, came out to intervene and attempt to stop the brewing fight. A man from one of the groups involved in the fight then confronted the man who intervened. An argument then started between those two males.
During their argument, a handgun was produced, with which the man from the group began threatening the man who intervened in the original disagreement. As the two males’ confrontation escalated, the man with the handgun fired numerous times at the man who’d intervened, striking him several times. The man with the handgun then turned the firearm on himself, committing suicide. The man who’d intervened was shot, but left the scene after the suspect committed suicide and before police arrived. He was later contacted at a local hospital where he was treated and released for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
This crime appears to be random; however no suspects are outstanding at this time. Olympia Police were assisted with crime scene processing by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. This incident remains under investigation by the Olympia Police Detective Division. An autopsy of the deceased male is pending. Anyone with further information about this matter should contact the Olympia Police Department Detective Division at (360)753-8300 or via non-emergency police dispatch (360)704-2740.