An armed Graham woman was shot and killed Wednesday by a bail bondsman who was taking the woman’s son into custody for violating a protection order against his mother, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Kathryn New, 60, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, where she died three hours later after undergoing surgery. Pierce County medical examiners confirmed her identity.
Three bail bondsmen went to the family’s home in the 10200 block of 260th Street East about 8 a.m. to serve two warrants on New’s 30-year-old son.
He had a $50,000 outstanding warrant for DUI and another for violating a domestic-violence no-contact order that barred him from being in his mother’s home or near her.
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The son did not resist being taken into custody, but his mother protested.
“She went into the back room and came out with a weapon,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Detectives said New did not shoot the gun and it was unclear whether she pointed the weapon at the bondsmen or was holding it.
“She had a handgun, she was ordered to drop it several times and she refused to drop it,” Troyer said.
Investigators said New was hit with a Taser and shot almost simultaneously. They do not yet know whether the same bail bondsman used the Taser and opened fire or if two bail bondsmen were involved.
The bondsman who shot New is a former sheriff’s deputy who resigned from the Pierce County department six years ago amid an internal investigation.
He has not been arrested and his name was not released.
New’s husband was in the house at the time of the incident.
The no-contact order was issued in November after deputies were called to the family’s home because the son was drunk, “argumentative” and fighting with his father while trying to move out his things.
Deputies arrested the son and put him in a patrol car. The son began yelling at his father from inside the car and threatened to kill him.
“The yelling continued for several minutes and was audible from the outside of the car even with the windows rolled up,” according to court records.
Troyer said deputies have responded to several 911 calls at that address and have had many run-ins with the son.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653