Pierce County law enforcement are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and a woman injured in a remote treehouse near Orting.
Deputies first responded to the area around 3:30 a.m. on Monday when a man called 911. He told dispatchers a woman had been shot and transported to his house by the shooter, according to a statement by the Sheriff’s Office.
Arriving deputies found the woman at the house with a gunshot wound in her foot. She was able to give deputies the suspect’s name and description before getting transported by crews to a hospital.
The homeowner told deputies that he woke up around 3 a.m. to the suspect “banging on his door and asking for help to retrieve the injured woman from the other side of the river,” the statement says. The homeowner crossed the river with the suspect in inflatable rafts to retrieve the woman and bring her to the house. That’s when he called 911 while the suspect crossed back over the river.
The house, located on Pioneer Way E, is along the Carbon River.
Law enforcement had to cross the river in order to get toward the scene of the shooting, nearly one mile off of the river.
By 7 a.m. SWAT found a pistol and, shortly after, located the treehouse with obvious burn marks. Within the treehouse they found a man’s body, that had been set on fire, and a rifle.
By 8 a.m. a deputy spotted a man walking a dog along the river’s edge. SWAT followed the man down the river, up a hill, and found him hiding behind a tree. Detectives interviewed the man, 42, for a short time and took him into custody.
He has since been booked into Pierce County Jail for Murder in the 1st degree, Assault in the 1st degree, and arson.