Pedestrian hit at high speed in Lacey crosswalk; driver flees

LACEY, WA – Detectives from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information after a 31-year-old man was hit by a vehicle and critically injured in Lacey early Saturday morning. The vehicle that hit him took off.

The collision occurred around 3:30 am on Saturday, Nov. 5th at the intersection of Martin Way E & Duterrow Rd SE. According to TCSO, witnesses to the collision said the pedestrian was in the crosswalk when a vehicle ran the red light and struck the pedestrian at speeds of 50-60 mph. The vehicle did not stop.

The vehicle, described as a black sedan, continued eastbound on Martin Way and will likely have significant front end damage to the bumper, grill and windshield. The pedestrian was transported to St. Peter’s Hospital with critical injuries.

It’s likely that the driver of the vehicle is a suspect in multiple felony crimes, including vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run. Detectives are asking anyone with information to email

Man who stabbed TCSO deputy in 2021 sentenced to 26+ years in prison

On Friday, March 26th, 2021, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Andrea Moore was working an overtime detail in the Pines neighborhood of Yelm. Around 8:00 pm, Deputy Moore was dispatched to a suspicious circumstance call at a residence on Holly St SE.

When Deputy Moore arrived at the residence, an elderly woman answered the door and there was a man standing right behind her. Seeing the concern on the woman’s face, Deputy Moore asked the woman to step outside. When she did so, the man behind her, Ronald Clayton, raised a large knife and stabbed the Deputy in the neck.

Moore drew her service weapon and shot the suspect several times, stopping the attack. She called out over the radio – “shots fired! I’ve been stabbed.” and Yelm Police officers and other TCSO deputies responded quickly. These Officers and Deputies, along with medics from Southeast Thurston Fire, performed live-saving treatments on Deputy Moore and she was transported to the hospital. She was in and out of consciousness and at one point she did not have a pulse.

Moore underwent surgery and made a full recovery. She now works as an Officer for the Lacey Police Department. On May 6th, 2022, Moore was awarded the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor by Governor Jay Inslee. This is the highest honor given to law enforcement in the state of Washington.

Ronald Clayton

Prior to the incident with Deputy Moore in March of 2021, Ronald Clayton was already a violent convicted sex offender.

When Clayton was 16, he knocked on a woman’s door, pointed a handgun at her, forced her into a bedroom, and raped her. He ransacked her apartment. When she wouldn’t leave with him, he strangled her with a cord and told her that he was going to kill her. And she was certain that he would. Eventually, he led her out of the residence at gunpoint. She ran to a neighbor’s residence and called police.

He was sentenced to just over 10 years in prison for that incident, and was released in 2011. He has been in and out of custody since, having been convicted for failing to register as a sex offender, and cutting off his GPS tracker. He was released sometime on Thursday, March 25th, 2021.

And at 1:40 pm on Friday, March 26th, 2021, Clayton cut off his GPS tracker. Again.

About six hours later, he was attempting to rape an elderly woman inside her home in the Nisqually Pines neighborhood of Yelm. A neighbor was concerned for the woman’s safety and called 911.

Today, Ronald Clayton was sentenced to 26+ years in prison for the attempted murder of former Deputy, now Officer Moore.

Officer Moore provided the following Victim Impact Statement to the court:

“On March 26th 2021 you tried to kill me but couldn’t. I remember your demonic face sizing me up before charging at me… you had a goal to kill me… but look… you failed… I’m still standing.

It brings me great satisfaction being here. You have to sit in this court room…you have to listen to me and look at me ….a woman… yes me a woman… I brought you down. You failed at over powering me because again you’re a failure.

You’ve spent your pathetic life tormenting those you deem weak… you get off on thoughts of domination and disgust… but take a good look at me…all 5’1” 120lbs …you picked the wrong one. Little did you know my whole life was preparing for that moment. Every hardship I endured instilled a level of grit and resilience you’re no match for. I beat you and I could beat you over and over again.

I’ll live with the residuals of that day for the rest of my life…but I wouldn’t change a thing…I’m glad it was me. I hope you sit in prison and soak in the reality that you aren’t a man…you’ll never know what it means to be a man.

You only deserve a lifetime of misery with your constant companion…. failure. I never thought I’d say this but…I’m glad you survived the wounds I inflicted upon you…because I’d rather you sit and rot in your miserable shell and know I’m the one who put you there.”

Olympia teen that went missing near airport has been arrested for murder

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department – Facebook

A 16-year-old Olympia boy who went missing on August 31 and was found safe on Tilley Rd S the next evening, has been arrested for murder by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

On August 31st, around 5:30 pm, Thurston County deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle in the 16100 block of Tilley Rd S. They found a vehicle registered to the parents of 16-year-old Gabriel Davies. Davies’ parents said he was supposed to be going to football practice at Olympia High School at 4:00 pm, but he never arrived.

There was a small amount of blood and a smashed cell phone at the scene where his vehicle was located, leading Deputies to come to the conclusion that he was missing under suspicious circumstances.

After publishing information about the missing teenager online, TCSO Detectives received multiple tips from people who said they saw Davies walking alone on Tilley Rd at approximately 5:30 pm that night. Search and Rescue resources, including resources from Olympia Police, the FBI, WSP, and the WA State Parks Department, searched for Davies until they located him safe around 10:00 pm the next evening, September 1st.

Concurrently, at 9:26 am on September 1st, deputies in Pierce County say they responded to a welfare check at a residence in the 21900 block of 190th St E in Orting. They were dispatched because the 51-year-old resident had not shown up for work in 4 days.

Deputies entered the residence and located the man deceased from a gunshot wound. No firearm was nearby. Detectives from PCSD spent Thursday and Friday processing the scene. On Friday night, they had reached probable cause to arrest two 16-year-old males in connection with the homicide.

Gabriel Davies and another 16-year-old male were booked into the Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center in Pierce County on charges of Murder 2nd Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Man arrested for murder following shooting on Libby Road

A 31-year-old man was arrested for 2nd Degree Murder following an argument which led to a shooting at a residence on Libby Rd NE.

Deputies were dispatched to the residence in the 4400 block of Libby Rd NE around 10:30 pm on Monday for a report of a disturbance with shots fired. According to scanner traffic on the original dispatch, a man called 911 and told dispatchers he had shot someone who was attacking his roommate. He left his gun on the back porch and cooperated when Deputies arrived.

Arriving Deputies quickly detained the suspect and another female on scene. It’s unclear what involvement, if any, the female had in the incident. The 39-year-old male victim was deceased on scene with multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies said that further investigation revealed an argument had transpired between the men, leading to the shooting. The suspect is being held in Thurston County Jail pending charges of 2nd Degree Murder.

Olympia Police investigating stabbing at Wheeler camp

Olympia Police are investigating after a man was dropped off at St. Peter’s Hospital on Saturday night with critical stab wounds to the neck, and the car that dropped him off sped off at a high-rate of speed.

Around 8:00 pm, staff at St. Peter’s called 911 when the male was dropped off. The vehicle that dropped him off was described as a 4-door grey Hyundai Sonata. Staff could only get a partial plate. The vehicle reportedly drove on Ensign Rd towards Martin Way, into oncoming traffic, at a high-rate of speed, according to scanner traffic.

Officers in the area began to search for the vehicle. Around 10:00 pm, officers were in the area of the homeless encampment on Wheeler Ave SE. One officer stated that he thought he had just found the crime scene.

A few minutes later, the vehicle in question was located inside the camp, which officers stated smelled like bleach. Other items of evidence were also located in the area, and the car was towed to the OPD jail as an evidence impound, according to scanner traffic.

Officers continue to investigate the stabbing, and the condition of the victim is unclear at this time.

WSP tracks brandishing suspects in stolen car from Vancouver to Auburn, arrest made

WSP Troopers with assistance from their aircraft “Smokey” tracked a suspect vehicle in a weapons brandishing from Clark County to King County on Friday. When the vehicle pulled into an ATM in Auburn, Troopers moved in and made the arrest.

Around 12:00 pm on Friday, August 19th, WSP Dispatch received calls about the driver of a Toyota Camry brandishing a weapon at other drivers on I-5 north. Troopers located and attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled. The vehicle returned as a stolen car and it was also involved in two recent shootings in the Portland area.

Troopers did not pursue the vehicle, but little did the driver know, he was being tracked by a WSP plane. He was tracked through Thurston County on I-5 north. The driver eventually pulled into a Heritage Bank ATM drive-thru in Auburn. Troopers were able to prevent the subject from escaping and made the arrest without incident.

Detectives are applying for a search warrant for the car, according to WSP. There was a gun in plain view on the floorboard. The suspect has been booked into King County Jail for eluding and possession of stolen property, pending additional charges.

“This is a tremendous example of coordination from WSP districts as this vehicle headed north from Vancouver.” WSP wrote in their press release. “The Aviation Section of the WSP played such a vital role in tracking this vehicle so troopers did not have to pursue. This was an awesome job with Districts 5, 1 and 2 as there was seamless communication and coordination with the aircraft to ultimately bring this to a close.”

Man killed in shooting near Rainier Vista Park following fireworks show

One man is dead following a shooting near Rainier Vista Community Park in Lacey after the annual July 3rd Fireworks Show had ended.

According to Lacey Police, who were dispatched to the scene around 11:00 pm, the incident started as an argument in the neighborhood and moved into a field south of the park. Witnesses reported hearing an argument just before shots were fired.

Officers arrived and quickly called for medics from Lacey Fire. Aid was rendered to the victim who did not survive.

Due to initial uncertainty about whether there was still an active threat, deputies from Thurston County Sheriff’s Office responded, as well as officers from Olympia and Tumwater Police Departments, according to scanner traffic.

The suspect is still outstanding. He is described as a black male in his early 20’s, wearing all black clothing. Anyone who has information should call the Lacey Police Department at 360-459-4333.

Shooting at Drexel House appears to be self-defense, shooter not in custody

The shooting that occurred the evening of Friday, June 17, at the Drexel House Apartments in the 600 block of Pattison St SE, at this time appears to be a self-defense shooting as police say the shooter is not in custody.

Drexel House II for Veterans. Thurston County Housing Authority.

Thurston County Scanner, News, and Weather Blog originally reported the incident on Facebook on Friday. Olympia Police were dispatched to the scene at 9:44 pm. 911 reports said that a man had been shot in the lobby, and the shooter was still on scene and another person had secured the firearm in an office.

Olympia Police along with paramedics from Olympia Fire responded and attempted life-saving measures on the man but he died at the scene, according to scanner traffic.

Police say the man was highly agitated and was causing a disturbance outside, then entered the lobby of the apartment complex where he drew a large knife and charged a man sitting in a chair. The man sitting in the chair drew a pistol and shot him twice.

The shooter and witnesses were taken to Olympia Police Department and interviewed by detectives. At this time, the shooter has not been charged and the case remains an open investigation.

According to the Housing Authority of Thurston County, The Drexel House II for Veterans is “permanent supportive housing subsidized with project-based Vouchers.” It is owned and managed by Catholic Community Services. Qualifications are “Single individuals who are chronically homeless at time of application and who may benefit from case management services. There is a priority for honorably discharged veterans.”

Suspect in custody following armed robbery, carjacking, shots fired near elementary school

Photo courtesy Thurston County Sheriff.

A suspect is in custody following a series of crimes – including two armed robberies, a high-speed chase, and shots fired at Deputies near an elementary school – in the Lacey area on Friday afternoon.

It all started when Thurston County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery at Buddie’s Grocery, the Shell station on the corner of Martin & Carpenter, around 2:00 pm. The suspect had fled the scene in a vehicle. This is the second armed robbery at this location in the last six weeks.

Deputies attempted to contact the suspect vehicle at the Arco station on Martin Way near Ranger, according to scanner traffic. The vehicle fled northbound on Hensley St and crashed near Olympic View Elementary School.

Deputies attempted to chase the suspect on foot. It was at this time he fired shots at the Deputies as he was carjacking a Toyota Tundra on Horne St NE. The suspect successfully carjacked the vehicle and fled east on Martin Way and eventually onto I-5 northbound.

He was pursued to the area of Exit 120 in Lakewood at speeds of 100+ mph but Deputies and officers from assisting agencies eventually lost sight of the vehicle. They requested assistance from the WSP plane, Smokey, and King County’s Guardian One helicopter, but both were unable to fly.

A few hours later, officers in Tacoma got in a pursuit with the vehicle and the suspect was apprehended, according to a post on the Thurston County Sheriff Facebook page.

The suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail on multiple charges of armed robbery, armed burglary, motor vehicle theft, possession of a stolen firearm, eluding a police vehicle, and several other charges.

Six people arrested at Lacey hotel this week, including one for suspected drug dealing

Lacey Police officers are noting an increase in criminal activity at the Super 8 Hotel on College St SE. Six arrests have been made at the location in the last week, including three last Saturday.

A female suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine at the Super 8 Hotel on College St SE last weekend. Photo obtained from the Lacey Police Department.

Saturday, January 29 at approximately 5:30 pm, officers contacted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the hotel. When they approached the vehicle, they immediately noticed a large digital weighing scale on the dashboard, tinfoil on the drivers and passenger side floorboards, syringes in the passenger door, and a cellophane bag on the center console that appeared to contain a white powder residue.

The vehicle was occupied by two males and a female. One of the males gave the officers a driver’s license that wasn’t his and the other gave a false name. Once their true identities were discovered, officers confirmed both had felony warrants for their arrest and were taken into custody. One had to be transported to St. Peter’s Hospital for medical clearance, as he had swallowed narcotics.

The female was removed from the vehicle and detained while officers continued their investigation, though she was not placed in handcuffs due to new law requirements. She had a large crown royal bag hanging from her neck which contained a large amount of cash.

She gave consent for the officers to search the vehicle, and they located a large handbag that contained female products and a nylon case. Inside the nylon case, officers found large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. The female suspect was then placed under arrest for possession with intent to deliver.

Officers seized $4,522.72 in US currency in all denominations, as well as approximately 23 grams of cocaine, 69.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, and 85 grams of heroin. The female suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail and is currently being held on $15,000 bail.

The two male suspects who had felony warrants for their arrest were booked into Nisqually Jail. One was released Friday and one is still in custody.

Earlier on Saturday, another man had been taken into custody on a felony warrant at the hotel. The next day, Sunday, yet another suspect was arrested after officers confirmed he had a felony warrant. (For those keeping track, that’s five arrests at the hotel in two days). Then, on Tuesday, another arrest was made when officers found a suspect to be in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Officers noted in their report on the narcotics arrest – “The Lacey Police Department has been experiencing a significant increase in criminal activity such as narcotic use and sales, overdoses, auto thefts and multiple stolen vehicle recoveries at this location.”