Yelm

Sheriff: Man turns himself in for shooting unwanted houseguest

YELM, Wash. -- A 61-year-old Yelm resident turned himself in Monday night for shooting an unwanted houseguest in the leg, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office. In the man's defense, he apparently gave the victim ample warning.

According to the Sheriff's Office Billy Willingham called 911 shortly before 10:30 p.m. and told the dispatcher he had just shot someone in the leg.

Deputies arrived at Willingham's home in the 19800 block of 146th Lane Southeast and found a 41-year-old victim lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Willingham told deputies he was hanging out with a woman in his home when the victim came in and started bothering the woman.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the victim ignored Willingham's many commands to leave, and Willingham told the man he would shoot him if he refused to leave one more time. Both men reportedly stuck to their guns, both literal and metaphorical.

The victim was taken to St. Peter's Hospital in Olympia for treatment. On the way, he agreed he had been shot for refusing to leave Willingham's home, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Willingham was arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail for investigation of assault.