Marysville woman accused of shooting elderly relatives amid ‘breakdown’

Police arrested the woman, 57, on Monday night for investigation of two counts of first-degree assault.


MARYSVILLE — Officers arrested a Marysville woman Monday night after she shot her elderly relatives amid a mental “breakdown,” according to police.

On Monday, a man reported his mother, 57, had been drinking all day at their house in north Marysville. According to a police report, she consumed two bottles of wine, argued with others at the home, then took a nap around 5 or 6 p.m. When she woke up an hour later, she was aggressive, the son told police.

The woman said “no one understood” and continued to drink, the witness later said in a police interview. An hour later, the son went outside to smoke. Around 8 p.m., he reportedly heard his mother “stomping through the house” to the living room, where the elderly couple was watching TV.

According to the report, the son “heard a gunshot and observed that (the elderly man) had been shot in the shoulder.” She shot the woman in the stomach. She pointed the gun at her son, too, but he ran away. The son then saw her point the gun to her own head and he charged her, hitting her five times and wrestling the firearm away, Marysville detective Jacqueline Albanese wrote.

The woman said her life was over and she was “going away for a long time,” the son reported. The man called 911, reporting his mom “went crazy and tried to kill us and herself.”

The witness reported his mom shot the couple, who were identified as “her parents” in the police report. A KOMO report suggested they were the shooter’s father, 73, and his fiancée, 83.

Marysville police did not respond to repeated requests for comment from The Daily Herald.

The son reported his mother had several mental health issues, detectives wrote.

Officers arrived to find the alleged shooter “waiting to be arrested.” Police booked the woman into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of two counts of first-degree assault. The two wounded seniors were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett for surgery.

In an interview with police, the woman reported she had breakdowns every once in a while, with the last occurring in January. She reported she started drinking Friday and that she couldn’t take the “snideness” any longer, according to court papers.

She said she was mad at her son, was “tired of the (expletive)” and snapped, according to the report. The woman reported that after shooting the couple, she pointed the gun to her own head and didn’t remember anything after that.

The woman had no apparent criminal history.

At a bail hearing Tuesday, Everett District Court Judge Anthony Howard found probable cause for both counts. He set bail at $200,000.

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