WA: Two hunters turn themselves in after greenery picker killed in woods near Shelton, WA
September 30, 2010
Hunters turn themselves in after fatal gunshot near Shelton
Two hunters turned themselves in following Wednesday morning's homicide
by gunshot of a Guatemalan man who was picking salal in a field off of
California Road in Mason County, about three miles west of state Route 101,
Mason County Chief Deputy Dean Byrd said.
Byrd said the hunters turned themselves in Wednesday afternoon following
television newscasts recounting the homicide. The hunters said they had no
idea they had struck a man with gunfire. Byrd said that the deceased man’s
partner reported hearing a “pop” and seeing his friend fall to the ground at
about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The men were picking salal, a plant used in floral arrangements and sold
by the bushel to local companies in Mason County. Byrd said sheriff’s
detectives were interviewing the hunters Wednesday evening. The hunters may
face criminal charges for the homicide, even though it appears to be
accidental, he added.
“There’s going to be some charges I would guess,” Byrd said.
The deceased man’s wife was at the scene Wednesday afternoon wailing in
anguish at the loss of her husband. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter. A
clergyman was on scene offering solace to the family
Byrd said the deceased man’s partner and his family all speak “Mam,” a
native language in Guatemala. The investigation was complicated because the
sheriff’s office has no Mam speakers.
A translator on the scene Wednesday identified the homicide victim at
Carlos Paulo-Carrillo, 24.
Byrd said he’ll have more information on potential criminal charges
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