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UPDATED: Charges filed in fatal shooting on Elbe-area property

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
September 28, 2011 1:48 pm

UPDATED as of 1:45 p.m.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 53-year-old Elbe man with the shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend earlier this week.

Michael Lawrence Hamil was arraigned this afternoon on one count of first-degree murder. He was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Hamil went to an Eatonville fire station Monday night and told firefighters he’d shot Matthew Dunn, a 42-year-old Eatonville resident. He reported that Dunn had seriously injured Hamil’s daughter several weeks earlier, court documents state.

“The daughter was hospitalized as a result,” charging documents state. “When the daughter was released from the hospital, Dunn again assaulted the daughter.”

Hamil reported that Dunn came over to his property on Monday afternoon. He said he shot Dunn twice with a shotgun, then hid the body on the property in the 18800 block of state Route 706.

Deputies went to the property and found Dunn’s body wrapped in a tarp near a structure, court documents state. A shotgun also was found.

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