Police investigate alleged accidental shooting in Aberdeen

The Aberdeen Police Department is investigating a case in which a 17-year-old Cosmopolis female was shot in the upper leg, allegedly by accident on Saturday night.

According to a police press release, officers responded to the shooting report in the 1100 Block of Arthur Street just after 11 p.m. The officers found the female victim in extreme pain, and she was rushed to Grays Harbor Community Hospital shortly after by the Aberdeen Fire Department. Police say the victim was “extremely uncooperative” with officers and detectives, and that she claimed the shooting was an accident and that her boyfriend was only sitting a gun down.

Officers arrested one 22-year-old man from Bucoda at the scene for obstructing a law enforcement officer, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A .22-caliber pistol was found on the man. Another male at the scene reportedly fled officers and avoided apprehension by hiding on a muddy bank along the Wishkah River.

The victim was contacted at the hospital and refused to provide any information about what happened, the release says. At around 2:20 a.m. officers were alerted that the victim’s boyfriend was at the hospital to see her. A Grays Harbor County deputy sheriff was at the hospital on an unrelated matter, and he attempted to detain the boyfriend until other officers could arrive. The deputy had an altercation with the boyfriend, who tried to flee from him, police said.

The man was positively identified as the same 17-year-old male who eluded officers at the shooting scene earlier. The male suspect was taken into custody by Aberdeen officers and booked into the Grays Harbor Juvenile Detention Facility for investigation of second-degree assault and obstructing a law enforcement officer. During booking, he was also found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine.