A 27-year-old Sequim man likely faces a murder charge following the alleged shooting of a Port Angeles man on May 22.
Nathaniel Olson, 27, of Sequim, has been arrested and booked at the Clallam County Correction Facility on suspicion of homicide. His 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, court date files the information for the case where he may face second-degree murder.
Clallam County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies responded to a disturbance at 12:40 a.m. Thursday, on Monroe Road, east of Port Angeles, where they found Port Angeles resident Matthew Baker, 25, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
Ron Cameron, chief criminal deputy for the Sheriff’s Office, said that a birthday party was being held and Baker was alone in the living room with Olson, a Sequim High School 2005 graduate, when witnesses in the dining room area heard a single “pop.”
Deputies found Baker on the floor dead with a gunshot to his chest, Cameron said, and that Olson was sitting in the room where the shot was fired with a semi-automatic handgun, a .45-caliber Sig Sauer 191, nearby.
Cameron said he can’t categorically say it was the same gun that killed Baker but a witness had moved it away from the commotion.
“We don’t advise people move evidence, but in this case it was the prudent thing to do for safety and security,” Cameron said.
Both men were attendees of the party for twins Jason and Jeremy Holden of Tacoma, who instigated the April 12 fake kidnapping of a child at Carrie Blake Park.
Cameron said witnesses claim they heard no arguing or discussion between Olson or Baker immediately prior to the shot being fired.
In the room’s layout, Cameron said the witnesses were standing in the kitchen at a server’s bar with a wall separating the dining room and living room but nobody could see around it due to its layout.
Deputies determined alcohol was present at the party and they believe Olson was drinking.
Cameron said the party broke up earlier in the evening and five or six adults were still at the party.
The Holdens’ father, David, who lives at the party’s residence, was in a fight earlier with Baker, but Cameron said it’s not clear why they were fighting.
Cameron said Detective Brian Knutson interviewed Jason Holden who asked Olson what happened and he said, “I shot him.”
Later, Terra Smithson, Baker’s girlfriend, told deputies she asked Olson the same thing to which he replied “He came at me,” Cameron said.
Detectives reported that Olson showed a gun to guests earlier in the evening, believed to be the same gun used to kill Baker, Cameron said.