Port Townsend: Washington State University student held for investigation of shooting death

PULLMAN — A 21-year-old Port Townsend man attending Washington State University allegedly shot and killed his roommate early Friday morning.

Ashley Allen “Ash” Gilmore, a 2001 Port Townsend High School graduate, was arrested around 2 a.m. Friday and jailed for second-degree manslaughter.

The shooting appears to have been accidental, a Pullman police spokeswoman said.

The roommate, 20-year-old Joseph N. Tibbs of Gig Harbor, died within minutes of the shooting, Whitman County Coronor Peter J. Martin said.

Gilmore was ordered held on $25,000 bond in a Friday afternoon appearance before Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier.

If Gilmore’s parents sign a wavier, he could be released on his own recognizance from the Whitman County Jail in Colfax.

Formal charges have not yet been filed in the shooting, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Byron Bedirian said.


The rest of the story appears in the Sunday Peninsula Daily News.

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