Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

November 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Two alligators, a pole dancer and pot at Olympia area shooting scene

Two five-foot long alligators greeted Thurston County sheriff’s deputies who responded to a report of a shooting in the Scott Lake area south of Olympia this morning. The gators apparently were there to protect the owner’s marijuana. (Photo provided by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office)

Thurston County sheriff’s deputies called to a house near Olympia on the report of a shooting Monday night were quick to edge away from a room after being  greeted by two hissing alligators guarding a large marijuana stash.

Alligators, a pot growing operation, an exotic dancer and gunfire were all elements of the criminal investigation inside the house in the normally quiet Scott Lake neighborhood. Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Greg Elwin said that at one point a detective compared the scene to a Hollywood film.

Elwin said that two detectives were called to the house in the 12100 block of Champion Drive Southwest around 8:45 p.m. on the report of a shooting. Investigators were greeted by a 41-year-old man who lives at the home. The man said he had opened fire in self-defense after someone tried to run him over outside his home, Elwin said.

But investigators believe the man had actually shot at a car that had pulled up outside the home in an ambush-style attack, Elwin said.  A 30-year-old man later showed up at Providence St. Peter Hospital, in Olympia, to be treated for a gunshot wound to the arm and a bullet grazing injury to his back.

While inside the home, investigators found a floor to ceiling brass pole and talked to an exotic dancer, Elwin said. When detectives tried to walk into another room they were met by two five-foot long alligators hissing at them from the floor.

“They were there for protection for the marijuana grow area. They were just crawling around on the floor,” Elwin said. The detectives immediately shut the door.

The 41-year-old suspect, who was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, offered to help the detectives corral his gators. He managed to get them into a nearby bathroom where they were left in the water-filled bathtub. Because it wasn’t clear how long the alligators would be there, they were left with some raw chicken parts to gnaw on, Elwin said.

Thurston County Animal Control officials have been contacted, Elwin said.

“We don’t know what the legalities are of keeping alligators, it could be just fine,” he added.

0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: alligators, drug deal, shooting

COMMENTS

READER NOTE: Our commenting system has changed. Find out more.

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►