Arrest made in fatal assault outside Tulalip casino

A Spanaway man has been arrested for investigation of second-degree murder after the woman, 35, died.

TULALIP — Police officers in Pierce County on Monday arrested a Spanaway man for investigation of second-degree murder after a fatal assault outside a Tulalip casino Friday night.

The arrest was made around 11 a.m. Monday in Lakewood after a standoff that lasted several hours, police said.

Deputies with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office were called to the 10200 block of Quil Ceda Boulevard around 8 p.m. Friday after reports of an assault in the parking lot.

They found a 35-year-old Lakewood woman unconscious and with life-threatening injuries. The woman was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. She died Sunday night.

Detectives were told that earlier Friday evening, the man and woman were involved in a domestic dispute inside the casino.

The pair left the casino and got into an SUV parked outside. Witnesses reported seeing the SUV shaking from side to side and seeing the suspect assaulting the victim, according to the sheriff’s office.

“As the vehicle began to drive away, witnesses observed the passenger door open and the victim fall out of the vehicle,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The suspect, 33, was expected to be booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of second-degree murder.

Positive identification of the woman, as well as the cause and manner of her death, will be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner.

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