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Parkland teenager who shot mom in leg ordered to undergo mental evaluation

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
September 30, 2010 6:12 pm

The 17-year-old Parkland boy who was arrested on suspicion of shooting his mother in the leg Wednesday was ordered today to Western State Hospital to undergo a mental evaluation.

Pierce Count Superior Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi said he was “very concerned” about Ralph Leo Magana’s mental health.

Prosecutors this morning charged Magana as an adult with one count of first-degree assault and one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm.

He’s accused of firing a shot at his mother after becoming upset that she was fighting with her husband. She was treated and released from an area hospital.

Magana later pointed the gun at himself during a standoff with sheriff’s deputies, who took him into custody after he threw down the pistol.

The teenager’s mother, Heidi Magana, attended his first appearance in court this afternoon. She told Oishi her son has had a difficult time since being in a car wreck this spring in which a friend died.

“He doesn’t know how to handle the situation,” said Magana, who asked Oishi not to jail her son or issue an order prohibiting him from contacting her. “He’s not a threat to me. He’s actually my best friend.”

Oishi issued the no-contact order despite her wishes. He also ordered her son jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail when he’s released from Western State Hospital.

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