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Woman charged in fatal shooting of Lake Tapps man

A woman was charged with second-degree murder Thursday in the fatal shooting at a Lake Tapps home of a man who investigators said was her love interest.

Fallon Brown, 35, was ordered held without bail Thursday afternoon, and will undergo an evaluation at Western State Hospital to help the court determine whether she is competent to stand trial.

She’s charged in the death of 38-year-old Paul Bailey, whose body was discovered Wednesday at his home in the 1000 block of 187th Avenue East.

One of Bailey’s friends called the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday to express concern that she hadn’t heard from Bailey for a few days.

Charging documents give this account:

The friend told deputies she called Brown, and Brown said she’d shot Bailey on Sunday.

After the shooting, Brown took a taxi to Seattle and checked herself into a mental hospital. At some point, Brown went to a Seattle police station to confess what she’d done.

Brown said she’d shot Bailey, but because of “apparent mental health issues the police were unsure whether Brown’s admission was true, and Brown left the station,” records show.

Detectives said Brown did not seem to understand the conversations she had about the shooting.

A motive for the shooting remained unknown.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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