Man Shot at His Residence Near Brooklyn in Pacific County, Possibly by Elk Hunter


On Thursday, Nov. 10, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officers, along with Pacific County deputies, were alerted to an incident that involved a man being shot at his residence near Brooklyn, located about 10 miles northeast of Raymond.

An 80-year-old man was injured in the arm by a bullet while he was working on a vehicle in his yard. The man received medical treatment for his wound and was released from the hospital later that day, according to Capt. Dan Chadwick, with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Region 6 enforcement program.

Preliminary information provided to police was that he had been working on a car at his residence when he heard a loud noise and noticed pain and blood in his left arm. As he headed for the house, he heard a gunshot in the distance.

At that time the victim was not sure if he had been hit by a bullet or was hurt by something on the car.

WDFW Officers responded to the hospital and to the scene along with a Pacific County deputy. It was determined the injury was the result of a bullet wound.

Later that day Pacific County dispatch received a call from a local hunter who had been in the area hunting elk near the property. Officers responded and interviewed the individual and learned that there had been a herd of elk in a nearby field near the victim’s property, and several shots had been fired at the elk.

The elk was wounded and harvested the following day by unrelated hunters. Officers were able to retrieve bullets from the elk. During a search of the area near where the victim was working on the car using a metal detector, the bullet with fabric from the shirt the victim was wearing was also located.

The investigation is still ongoing, evidence will be sent to the crime lab for further analysis. No charges have been filed at this time.