Prosecutor: Gig Harbor man fires at women driving by his house

Why did a Gig Harbor man allegedly shoot at two elementary school employees driving home from work? And, what does it have to do with a naked woman showing up at his door? Well, that’s a story for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.

It all started around 11:30 p.m. Jan. 15 when two women heard gunshots nearby while locking the gates at a Gig Harbor elementary school.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the women got into their cars and started driving home when they came across 59-year-old Douglas McRae holding a rifle in the middle of the road outside his house.

One of the women was able to accelerate around McRae while he was cocking the rifle, but the other woman wasn’t so lucky, according to the Prosecutor’s Office. McRae fired two shots at her car, hitting the woman’s front tire with one of them, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

The women made it to a nearby gas station and called police.

Officers arrived and arrested McRae, who had a loaded rifle and handgun on him, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, McRae told police he arrived home to find a man and woman leaving his house with his guns, so he fired warning shots at them. McRae later added that a naked woman had come to his door, and he let her in because it was cold out. He thinks she had something to do with the burglary, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Officers entered McRae’s home and found lots of guns and ammo but no signs of a burglary or naked woman, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

On Thursday, McRae was charged with first and second-degree assault and is being held on $200,000 bail.

“This case is concerning not just because of the firearms but because of the strange behavior of the defendant,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a press release.