Crime

When asked about AK-47, suspect said, ‘Why not? It’s Bucoda.’

A Bucoda man is suspected of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend with an AK-47 and a Beretta 9 mm pistol — three months after his gun rights were restored by a Thurston County judge.

A Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Allen O. Chase, 36, late Monday night, according to court documents. When the deputy asked why he had the AK-47 on the front seat, he allegedly responded, “Why not? It’s Bucoda.”

The following afternoon, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon set Chase’s bail at $500,000 and found probable cause for two criminal charges: first-degree attempted murder and felony harassment. Both are domestic violence charges.

Washington State Patrol records show that Chase’s right to possess a firearm was revoked in 1994 when he was convicted of second-degree assault. In 1999, he was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm when he was caught with a shotgun.

Chase went before Judge Gary Tabor earlier this year and petitioned to have his firearm rights restored. Tabor granted the request on April 28, according to court documents.

Court documents give the following account of events leading to Chase’s arrest:

Neighbors called 911 at about 11 p.m. Monday to report hearing screaming, yelling and several gunshots at a home on the 20800 block of Bucoda Highway Southeast. A short time later, a 15-year-old girl called to report that her father, Chase, was drunk and upset about his ex-girlfriend. She reported that he grabbed his gun, went outside and fired several shots. He allegedly told her that he was planning to go to the woman’s work, shoot her and then kill himself.

As he left, he allegedly told her, “This is it, your daddy’s going to die, it’s going to be a bloodbath.”

A deputy later encountered a white pickup truck parked on the side of Bucoda Highway. The deputy stopped and ordered Chase to put both hands out the window. Instead, Chase began climbing out of the truck and reaching into a compartment. The deputy ordered him to stop, and Chase yelled, “OK, don’t be so serious.”

Chase told the deputy that he hasn’t fired a gun, and that he hadn’t really threatened his ex-girlfriend. When asked where he was going, Chase responded, “Right here. The Cadillac isn’t moving.”

The deputy saw an AK-47 on the front passenger seat of the truck, and asked Chase why he had a rifle in the front seat with him. Chase responded, “Why not? It’s Bucoda.”

After receiving a search warrant, deputies found the AK-47, a Beretta 9 mm pistol, 10 loaded AK-47 magazines and seven 9 mm magazines in the pickup truck.

When deputies interviewed the girlfriend, she said she had broken up with Chase because of his drinking, and that he had gotten angry when he learned that she was dating someone new.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445, @Amelia_Oly

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