A 19-year-old man was shot and killed late Monday after waving a chain saw at his father’s girlfriend and yelling for her to leave his mobile home on the Key Peninsula, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies have not arrested the alleged shooter, who is the 27-year-old son of the woman, because police say he apparently fired in self-defense, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. The department will turn the case over to the Prosecutor’s Office, he said.
“It appears there’s a long-running feud between these people,” said Troyer, who gave this account:
The incident started about 11:30 p.m. Monday with an argument involving the younger man, his dad, his dad’s girlfriend and her son. The younger man demanded that his dad’s girlfriend and her son leave their property in the 16800 block of 82nd Street Northwest in Vaughn. When the woman refused, the man started the chain saw and made threats about cutting people.
The woman’s son heard yelling and the whir of the chain saw blade and, armed with a gun, came running into the mobile home. He managed to talk the man into putting down the chain saw for the moment.
“Unfortunately, he picked the chain saw back up and started swinging it again,” Troyer said.
The woman’s son fired once, hitting the man in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 email@example.com