Crime

His ‘friend’ shot him over a mixup with heroin and incriminating photos, deputies said

A Pierce County man who was shot after trying to sell a laptop containing photographs of drug dealers called the alleged shooter his “friend,” records show.

The men have known each other since they were 10. Now they’re 30, living in the Spanaway area and allegedly dealing with heroin.

One is recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered Nov. 14 while standing in his father’s driveway. The other is in Pierce County Jail after pleading not guilty to first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and third-degree driving on a suspended license.

He was ordered held on $500,000 bail Thursday during his arraignment.

The man’s 29-year-old girlfriend has been charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the incident but is not in custody.

Charging documents give this account:

The victim arranged to buy a small amount of heroin from the couple Nov. 14 and got a ride to a casino to pick up the drugs.

Later that day, he allegedly called the woman to say he had a laptop with pictures of her dealing drugs and offered to sell it to her for $20.

She agreed.

When the couple arrived at the man’s dad’s home, the woman allegedly tried to steal the laptop. The victim tried to grab it back and the man allegedly fired two shots with a rifle, striking the victim once.

The victim’s girlfriend was inside when she “heard a loud bang and then heard the victim screaming her name,” according to charging papers.

The victim’s father drove him to a nearby fire station after learning he’d been shot. He is expected to recover from his wounds.

Deputies were able to get the names of the people involved in the shooting from the victim, who said they’re all “friends,” records show.

Robinson was arrested days later and denied knowing anything about a robbery or a shooting.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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