PORT ANGELES — A Sequim woman was charged Thursday after deputies said she shot her boyfriend in the leg during an argument on New Year’s Eve.
Wendy Marie Gloor, 57, was charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon after the shooting at her residence east of Sequim late Tuesday. She will be arraigned on the felony charge Jan. 10.
The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said Gloor and the man had been arguing throughout the day Tuesday.
“Gloor told her boyfriend she did not want him at her residence if he was going to yell at her,” Clallam County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Minks said in a press release.
“Gloor repeatedly asked her boyfriend to leave, and he refused.”
Gloor told deputies that she felt threatened because her boyfriend would not leave and continued to yell at her, Minks said.
At that point, Gloor pointed a .22-caliber revolver at the ground near her boyfriend’s feet and pulled the trigger, Minks said.
“Gloor said she was trying to shoot into the floor and wasn’t trying to shoot her boyfriend,” Minks said. “Gloor was just trying to get her boyfriend to leave.”
The man told deputies that he had been shot in the leg by his girlfriend and had an injury to his right ankle, Minks said. He was treated by medical personnel at the scene.
Deputies recovered a .22-caliber Derringer revolver from a “hidden position” on the property, Minks said.
Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour released Gloor on her personal recognizance Thursday as requested by defense attorney Charlie Commeree.
Deputy Prosecuting attorney Zachary Snipe had requested a $25,000 bail for Gloor based on the nature of the alleged offense.
“There was an actual discharge of a firearm, and there was injury to the victim in this case from that firearm,” Snipe said.
Coughenour released Gloor from jail but ordered her to have no contact with the alleged victim or to possess firearms.
“(The alleged victim) isn’t charged with anything, so I can’t order him to stay away from you, but I am ordering you to stay away from him,” Coughenour told Gloor before signing a no-contact order.
“Now, if he shows up at your residence, you call the police if you don’t want him there.”
Commeree said there was insufficient probable cause to charge his client.
“Reading this in the light most favorable to the state, I think everyone agrees that (the alleged victim) was initially allowed in Ms. Gloor’s house, at which point sometime on the 31st, (he) outstayed his welcome and Ms. Gloor told him to leave,” Commeree said.
“He refused to leave, and she had no other way to have him expelled. And you can tell by my client, she’s not a large woman.”
Coughenour found probable cause for the charge, saying he was not prepared to determine whether the shooting was appropriate self defense.
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