The man had been shot in the arm and was wearing only socks and underwear when Pierce County sheriff’s deputies found him yelling for help from a Graham ravine.
But he wasn’t the victim, according to charging papers.
Prosecutors charged the 34-year-old with first-degree assault, attempted first-degree robbery and unlawful gun possession. He pleaded not guilty at arraignment Monday, and Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener set bail at $1 million.
Court records give this account:
The man asked a driver at a gas station for a ride home Sept. 7. He was having trouble getting an Uber driver, he said, and offered $50 if the stranger would give him a lift.
The driver agreed, but when he pulled over to drop the man off in the area of 242nd Street Court East, his passenger pulled out a gun.
“Sorry, man. I have to do this,” the robber said, before he told the driver to get out.
But it turned out the driver also had a gun, which he grabbed out of the trunk. The two exchanged gunfire. The robber was hit, and ran off — ending up in the ravine where deputies found him.
He’d used some of his clothing as a tourniquet, and investigators found other bloody clothing, knives and money nearby.