Travel nurse arrested in Ohio, accused of fatal Everett shooting

Shawntea Grimes Hamilton was reportedly on the run for over a month before authorities arrested her in Toledo.

Shawntea Grimes Hamilton (Everett Police Department)

Shawntea Grimes Hamilton (Everett Police Department)

EVERETT — The woman accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend in an Everett apartment last month was arrested Tuesday in Ohio, police say.

Shawntea Grimes Hamilton was reportedly on the run for over a month before U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested her in Toledo. On Wednesday, Everett detectives were en route to Ohio to interview Hamilton, 29.

Around 11 p.m. June 9, footage showed Hamilton and her partner, Christopher Wilson, getting into an argument outside Wilson’s apartment complex in the 2600 block of Baker Avenue. Hamilton called her partner’s mother, accusing him of taking her Chevrolet Cobalt on their way back from Tulalip Resort Casino earlier that night, charging papers say.

Security footage reportedly showed them leaving the area, then returning in the early morning hours.

A neighbor was awoken sometime before 5:30 a.m. by a loud thud and “three pops” in the apartment above, she reported an hour or so later. She suspected they might be gunshots, but also noted Wilson may have been moving out. Police tried to get in the apartment, but reportedly left when they were unable to, according to court documents.

Police later found Wilson deceased from multiple gunshot wounds in his Everett apartment, charging papers say.

By the time the neighbor called 911 and officers arrived, detectives believe Hamilton had already left the apartment complex, as security footage reportedly showed her running to her Chevy. Hamilton reportedly fled the scene.

Nearly two weeks after the killing, Snohomish County prosecutors charged Hamilton with second-degree murder.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Langbehn issued a $1 million warrant for the suspect’s arrest.

Hamilton and Wilson, originally from Michigan, had reportedly been dating since September 2019. They were both traveling nurses. Wilson had been working at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Hamilton had cut contact with the traveling nurse company she worked for when she failed to show up for an assignment in Spokane in May, according to court papers.

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