Man tries to light house on fire, woman fires shot during Rainier domestic incident

A man is in custody on several charges stemming from a domestic violence incident in Rainier early Monday.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in the 13600 block of 148th Ave SE, near the town of Rainier in rural Thurston County, just before 6:30 am on Monday, Nov. 2.

A female victim told 911 dispatchers that her former roommate and romantic partner was in the house destroying things. He had allegedly thrown her phone when she wanted to call for help, and said that if she called the cops there would a be a “bloodbath”.

He refused to leave after being asked, and became more agitated, which led to him grabbing a propane torch and attempting to light the bedroom carpet on fire, before the victim grabbed the torch away from him. When deputies arrived in the area, the victim had escaped the house and was hiding in the bushes.

The man was compliant with deputies’ commands, though he was agitated, according to the police report. Deputies saw the burn marks on the carpet and it smelled like something freshly burned, according to the police report.

The suspect had called the victim’s daughter during the argument, making threats about a “bloodbath”, which led to the daughter responding to the scene.

When the victim’s daughter arrived, she did not find her mom in the house, but only the suspect, who was yelling and moving towards her. She warned the suspect to leave and back away from her, before she drew a revolver from her pocket and fired a single shot into the ground.

The daughter holds a valid concealed pistol license, and deputies found the firing of the round “appeared to be justified” because she was in fear for her life, due to the suspect’s threats of a “bloodbath”, but also added that they would refer the case to the prosecuting attorney, who could decide to charge the daughter with a crime.

The revolver, four live rounds, one spent casing, the propane torch, and the piece of burned carpet were seized by deputies as evidence. The male suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of Attempted Arson in the 1st Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment, Interfering with the Reporting of Domestic Violence, and Assault in the 4th Degree.

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