Rage against raccoons results in gunshots

November 15, 2012

By Michele Mihalovich

Raccoons were apparently responsible for a 61-year-old Snoqualmie woman firing numerous gunshots late Nov. 14, said Snoqualmie police captain Nick Almquist.

The woman, who is not being identified, lives alone at the 8500 block of Falls Avenue Southeast and no one else was at the residence at the time of the shooting, he said.

Police received several calls reporting gunshots about 11 p.m. King County sheriff’s deputies blocked off surrounding streets while Snoqualmie Police Department officers responded to the home, where the gunshots were being fired and found an armed woman in her driveway, according to a press release.

Officers eventually convinced the woman to drop her gun, arrested her and transported her to King County Jail, according to the press release.

Almquist said she might be getting transferred to Issaquah Jail because she has calmed down quite a bit from the night before.

He said the woman told police she was shooting at raccoons. “She was crying, intoxicated and very emotional,” he said.

The woman was shooting a five-shot, .357 handgun and reloaded at least four to five times, Almquist said, adding that they hadn’t counted up all the shells.

He said the woman has no history with the police department, and officials are looking into what happened.

“I don’t know how many raccoons were involved,” he said.

Almquist said the home where the woman lives sits in front of three vacant homes. One home to the west is occupied, but no one was home at the time of the shooting. The house to the east did have occupants home.

“They were one of the 911 calls but they are OK,” he said.

Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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