Police investigate shooting

by Sequim Gazette staff


A 21-year-old Sequim man is accused of accidentally shooting his girlfriend while her one month old child was three feet away.


Sequim police officers received a report of a shooting with a female shot in the leg on the 700 block of East Washington Street at 6:01 p.m. Sunday.


It was reported a male suspect had fled in a black car but officers soon determined a different scenario.


Sequim Police Sgt. Sean Madison said arriving officers found Ashlye Wasnock, 21, with her leg wrapped in a blanket, and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Markus, aka Mark, Tierney, in the apartment.


Also in the apartment at the time of the shooting was Wasnock’s one month old child, Madison said.


Wasnock was transported by ambulance to Olympic Memorial Hospital for treatment and released later in the evening, he said.


Detectives processed the scene and interviewed witnesses who provided information that conflicted with the statements made to investigators by Tierney and Wasnock, Madison said.


Further interviews indicated Tierney fired the weapon while showing it off, striking his girlfriend, Wasnock, in the leg while the infant was approximately 3 feet away from her, officers said.


Police found the weapon in a culvert several blocks away where it was dumped following the shooting. Investigators also found drug paraphernalia, packaging, scales and drug residue while processing the scene. 


Tierney is in custody at the Clallam County jail on investigation of reckless endangerment and possession of a stolen firearm. The case is being referred to the Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office for charging. 


The infant was placed into protective custody and placed by Child Protective Services with the maternal grandparents, Madison said.


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