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Fatal shooting in Bonney Lake was ‘drug deal gone bad’

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm with No Comments »
October 26, 2012 1:26 pm

Four people were arrested Friday for the fatal shooting of a man during a drug deal that soured, Bonney Lake police said.

The victim has been identified as Donald Thomas, 26. He was shot multiple times.

Police have not said which of the three men and one woman arrested was the shooter. The five knew each other and several lived in the house where the shooting occurred. Thomas did not live at the home where he was killed.

Officers were called about 4 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 9200 block of 75th Street East. They found Thomas dead in the garage and the others around the house.

“It was a drug deal gone bad,” Officer Daron Wolschleger said.

He said the investigation is ongoing and he could not release what type of drug was involved and whether Thomas was on the buying or selling end of the deal.

Pierce County prosecutors will decide Monday whether to charge the four with first-degree murder. They’ve been booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

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