It will be up to Pierce County prosecutors to decide whether a bail bondsman was justified in shooting an armed Graham woman who was upset the bail bondsman was taking her son into custody.
Kathryn New, 60, died Wednesday after the 44-year-old bail bondsman shot her as she allegedly pointed a gun at him and his team.
Three bail bondsmen went to the News’ home in the 10200 block of 260th Street East to serve two warrants on New’s 30-year-old son.
Although the son did not resist being placed in handcuffs, the bail bondsmen told investigators New went into a back room, came back with a gun and refused to drop the weapon.
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One bail bondsman used a Taser on the woman as another simultaneously fired a gun.
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives did not arrest the 44-year-old bail bondsman because the shooting appeared to be in self-defense.
The bail bondsman is a former deputy who resigned in 2009 amid an internal investigation.
New’s son had an outstanding $50,000 warrant for DUI and another for violating a domestic-violence no-contact order barring him from being at his mother’s house or near her.
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