Crime

Man shot dead near Grand Mound has been identified, person of interest in jail

Thurston County Sheriff's Office

A Grand Mound shooting victim’s name and the details surrounding his death have been released by authorities in Thurston County.

Pedro Beltran Palomares, 27, was found inside a home in the 20000 block of Shamon Court Southwest near 201st Avenue Southwest shortly after 11:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. He had multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities became aware of the situation when a 16-year-old boy who lives in the home called 911 but gave little information.

Deputies arrived and removed three residents from the home, the Sheriff’s Office said. They included a 38-year-old man and two children: the teen and an 11-year-old girl. None of them were injured.

Beltran was unresponsive when deputies found him. They administered CPR while awaiting medics, but Beltran later was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office said it has “a person of strong interest as being the shooter.” The alleged shooter had already been jailed for an unrelated crime early Friday, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The 38-year-old man was arrested for rendering criminal assistance and booked into the Thurston County Jail on Friday.

The children were released to their mother.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said Beltran’s autopsy will take place Tuesday.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.


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