Crime

Man pleads not guilty in fatal Tacoma shooting

A 38-year-old Puyallup man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the shooting death of another man in what police believe was a heroin deal gone bad.

Donald William Bango is charged with second-degree murder in the death of University Place resident Jeffrey Shaw, 33.

Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Bango jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

Shaw died early Sunday morning after being shot in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 3700 block of North Pearl Street in Tacoma.

Police said Shaw and two other men had gone to the store so Shaw could sell Bango heroin. At one point, Bango pulled out a fake police badge and fired when the car Shaw and the others were in tried to back out of the parking lot, court records show.

Shaw, who was in the passenger seat, was hit once.

Bango, who was arrested Sunday night, told police he opened fire after he spotted a gun in Shaw’s lap and thought he might be shot, court records show.

Bango was supposed to be arraigned Monday, but refused to leave his jail cell and his arraignment was rescheduled for Tuesday.

When he again refused his arraignment was set for Wednesday — the end of the 72-hour period during which he could be held without charges. He eventually relented and attended court.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644, @TNTAdam

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