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Mother, daughter shot in FW apartment

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

Richard SaintCalle, 36, is in custody for investigation of a shooting early Thursday morning that left his 32-year-old ex-girlfriend dead and their 13-year-old daughter in intensive care.

Mike Brogdon, 26, a resident in the Rainier Meadows Apartment complex, located near 292nd and Military Road in Federal Way, said he was watching TV on the couch when he heard several gunshots fired methodically, one after another.

“I thought, ‘That’s not fireworks,’” he said.

He said he put on his shoes and walked outside, where he saw three police cars and officers with their weapons drawn in the parking lot. The son of the woman, who lived in apartment F4, ran toward the police to tell them his father, the gunman, had already left, Brogdon said.

Brogdon said he doesn’t know the boy’s name, but said he had spoken with the 16- or 17-year-old before.

Police are not releasing the names of the victims.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office was expected to conduct an autopsy on the body of the woman yesterday morning.

Witnesses said the teenager ran from apartment to apartment banging on doors asking people to call 911 after SaintCalle shot his way into his mother’s apartment.

SaintCalle did not live at the apartment.

One 20-year-old resident who declined to give his name said he got home from work about midnight and heard yelling and arguing coming from the woman’s apartment.

About an hour later, the 20-year-old resident said he and his girlfriend heard three or four gunshots, followed by a couple of muffled shots, and they called 911.

At 1:25 a.m., police were dispatched to the Rainier Meadow Apartments to respond to the shooting.

When they arrived, they found the victims in the apartment. The woman was fatally shot in the head and the 13-year-old was shot in the chest and arm.

The 13-year-old was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she underwent several hours of surgery. She remains in critical condition in intensive care, a Harborview spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

Witnesses at the scene identified the gunman as SaintCalle and told police he left in a BMW.

Police are still trying to piece together what led SaintCalle to show up at the complex with a shotgun, but it appears he fired several rounds into the woman’s door to enter her unit, where he shot the woman and girl and then fled.

In trying to track down an address for SaintCalle, police found a restraining order filed against him by a Renton woman. A King County deputy went to the address and found SaintCalle in his vehicle a few blocks from the residence, police said.

Police learned that SaintCalle no longer lived at the address, but the woman listed on the restraining order did. Because SaintCalle was still armed, police are investigating whether he was there to harm her, too.

The deputy tried to stop SaintCalle in Renton but he fled and a high-speed chase ensued, with speeds reaching 95 miles per hour, according to police.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Greg Dymerski said deputies began chasing SaintCalle about 2:05 a.m. in east Renton. The chase lasted about 10 minutes and ended when deputies used a pit maneuver to stop SaintCalle’s flight. SaintCalle crashed into a gas station near Highway 18 and 272nd Street just after he took the Kent-Kangley exit.

Dymerski said SaintCalle refused to get out of the car when deputies stopped him. Several deputies pulled him out, but he then held his hands under his body. Deputies used pain compliance techniques on pressure points to get SaintCalle in handcuffs.

Dymerski said SaintCalle did not appear to be intoxicated.

He was transported to Valley Medical for treatment of minor injuries from the car crash and then discharged into Federal Way Police custody. He’s being held at the Regional Justice Center in Kent on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and eluding police.

A bail setting hearing was scheduled for 3 p.m. yesterday. County Prosecutor Norm Maleng is expected to file charges in King County Superior Court early next week.

Brogdon stood in the parking lot Thursday afternoon and smoked a cigarette. Yellow police tape sectioned off a wide perimeter in which detectives continued gathering evidence.

Brogdon said he’s lived in the Rainier Meadows Apartments five years and there have never been any serious problems. “Never any gunfire, that’s for sure,” he said.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and ejahn@fedwaymirror.com

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