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Couple charged in connection with weekend shooting south of Roy Y

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 20, 2010 at 8:33 am with 8 Comments »
April 20, 2010 9:54 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a husband and wife in connection with the weekend shooting of his cousin.

Prosecutors charged Christopher J. Goerner, 35, with attempted first-degree murder in the Saturday incident. His wife, 32-year-old Wendy Lynn Goerner, was charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the area of state Route 507 and Eighth Avenue South, not far from the Roy Y, on Saturday. (Charging documents do not indicate the time.)

They found a man lying in the street who’d been shot several times, including in the face and back. The victim told deputies he’d been shot by his cousin, Christopher Goerner, and said the cousin was staying at a motel in Lakewood. The victim was then rushed to the hospital for treatment. His condition was not known.

Deputies went to the Lakewood motel. Witnesses reported seeing Christopher Goerner putting something in the Dumpster. Deputies found several spent rounds on the top of the garbage inside the Dumpster.

Deputies found Christopher and Wendy Goerner. Both reported that they’d picked up the victim on their way to Yelm. In the car, the victim and Christopher Goerner got into an argument about Christopher Goerner’s wrecked car.

Wendy Goerner told deputies the two men were arguing so much that she pulled over and told them to get out. Both men did. A couple minutes later, Christopher Goerner got back into the car.

The wife denied seeing her husband shoot the victim but did tell deputies she’d seen a gun in the car. Christopher Goerner told deputies his cousin had stolen his gun. He did admit to throwing away several bullets at the Lakewood motel before deputies arrived.

Christopher Goerner remains in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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  1. SonicCruiser says:

    Shoot a family member over a damaged vehicle? Sounds like they left him to die out there. To the suspects, one question looms…confined, restrained, restricted, no freedom at all…was your decision to point, shoot and potentially kill another human worth it?

  2. CptRevelation says:

    In my opinion and having known the suspect and his wife that they probably didn’t think about it once before or even after it had happened.

  3. Bambolina says:

    This person is no “family member” and is no relation to either suspect.

  4. Menerack says:

    Well. to be honest, I dont think the wife knew it would happen, and I dont think it had happened.
    If it did happen though, your right, he probably didnt think about it before it happened. He has PTSD, which could have been the cause of it, IF it happened.
    I know the suspect very well. I don’t think he was in his right state of mind if he did it. The doctors need to check to see if he was on his meds immediately.

  5. Jason42487 says:

    Check this out this is my little brother you are talking about and while I am serving our country day in and day out for you people, these scumbags think they can just shoot my brother. I hope the justice system serves you right!

  6. Bambolina says:

    That is a real cute story there Jason. These scumbags? Oh but I thought this guy was you guys cousin…right? It amazes me how many people are full of crap. If you knew this guy and his wife, you would know that this is not physically possible on either part.

  7. Jason42487 says:

    Same mother different dad i have no relationship with the suspects

  8. Bambolina says:

    “Jason” if that is what you would like to call yourself, you are an idiot. That is really great that incompetent pieces of trash,such as yourself, can place blame on innnocent people to see them suffer simply for your own enjoyment. It is disgusting that you can even pretend for one second that you represent our military.

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