Murder conviction handed down in Frederickson shooting

A Pierce County jury on Monday convicted a 34-year-old man of first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of another man near Frederickson.

Christopher W. Olsen is to be sentenced in Superior Court on Oct. 23.

Deputy prosecutors Tim Lewis and Sean Waite argued that Olsen was angry with Robert Ward because he thought Ward had stolen a truck from him.

Olsen used a ruse to lure Ward to a parking lot Feb. 16 near Canyon Road East and 176th Street East, then shot the 24-year-old man when he tried to drive away from the ambush.

Olsen fled the state, but sheriff’s detectives used cellphone records to track him to northern Idaho, where they arrested him.

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