Puyallup rampage suspect booked for investigation of murder

A 34-year-old man suspected of killing a longtime Puyallup resident during a shooting rampage this week was released from the hospital and booked into the Pierce County Jail on Friday.

Nathen Terault is being held for investigation of second-degree murder, according to jail records. He is expected to appear in Pierce County Superior Court for arraignment on multiple charges Monday.

Puyallup police believe Terault is the man who shot and killed 71-year-old Richard Johnson on Tuesday before fleeing across town firing indiscriminately at bystanders and police. Thirteen houses were believed hit by gunfire, but no one else was hurt.

A detective shot Terault in the leg and another officer pinned him under a patrol vehicle after the alleged gunman crashed a stolen car near the Washington State Fairgrounds and tried to carjack another vehicle.

Terault was hospitalized for his injuries.

Johnson was shot after finding a man believed to be Terault rummaging through his truck, police said. The victim had lived on the southwest side of Puyallup for decades and was well-liked by his neighbors.

Police have not divulged a motive for the rampage, but Terault’s wife told KIRO-TV that her husband, who has a felony record, recently lost his job.