Roy man charged with shooting daughter’s suitor

A 49-year-old Roy man did not approve of the man trying to win his daughter’s affections, according to Pierce County prosecutors.

Court records give this account of what happened after the father warned the would-be suitor not to come around anymore:

The younger man was convinced he and the daughter were in love, so he persisted.

The two met when they lived in Texas but the daughter moved back into her father’s house in Roy and the suitor became a transient in town.

On Saturday, the daughter told the man he had to leave the home she shared with her father but agreed to meet him at the library in a few days.

“The defendant … has made it clear to his daughter that the defendant does not want the victim anywhere near the defendant’s home or daughter,” according to the papers.

The suitor returned to the house later Saturday, angering the father, who grabbed a rifle and fired several shots at the man, prosecutors said.

The man took off running, catching the attention of an off-duty Pierce County sheriff’s deputy who was driving by.

The suitor was shot in the back of the shoulder and a bullet grazed his head, but is in stable condition.

The father initially told the deputy he was doing target shooting but changed his account.

He said the suitor reached for a backpack after being told to leave so he grabbed a gun and fired in self-defense, records show.

Prosecutors have charged the father with first-degree assault. After the man pleaded not guilty Tuesday, a judge ordered him jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653