Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 34-year-old man with shooting his girlfriend in the chest during an argument last week in Parkland.
Mauricio T. Paige-Colter was arraigned on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm Tuesday afternoon. He was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.
Prosecutors allege Paige-Colter shot his girlfriend the night of Aug. 2.
Paige-Colter denies shooting his girlfriend, his attorney, Sean Wickens, said today. The girlfriend also has filed a declaration with the court stating she didn’t know who shot her or why but it wasn’t Paige-Colter.
Court documents provide the following information:
Witnesses told deputies Paige-Colter and his girlfriend had a violent relationship. They reported seeing Paige-Colter hit his girlfriend previously. She’s also been spotted with bruises.
Deputies received reports of a shooting at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of 104th Street South just after 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2. When they arrived, they found the victim sitting on the ground and bleeding from a gunshot wound. Paige-Colter’s mother also was present and needed to be handcuffed because she was yelling and refused to move.
One witness told deputies she heard the woman and Paige-Colter arguing about their relationship. She believed that she heard Paige-Colter punch his girlfriend and the woman crying.
Another witness told deputies she heard a “pop” that she believed was a gunshot. She heard the woman say, “I can’t believe you shot me” and saw a man pacing up and down the driveway before he drove away.
At the hospital, the victim first told deputies the incident happened so fast that she didn’t know she was shot. She said “it was an accident.” She later said she has been in a violent relationship with Paige-Colter, they’d gotten into an argument before she was shot and she “didn’t seem him actually shoot me though.”
Deputies had been searching for Paige-Colter since the night of the shooting. He was arrested Monday morning at his mother’s Parkland apartment.