Nathen Terault has been named as the suspect in the wild shooting that took place in a small Washington town on August 11. One man, Richard Johnson, was killed during the attack. Terault, a Boston native, is 34 years old.
This is a breaking story so stay tuned for updates.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. Cops Say It All Started When Terault Tried to Steal From a Man’s Pickup Truck
Terault is accused of trying to steal from Johnson’s pick-up truck on the afternoon of August 11, reports KOMO News. The station says that when Johnson tried to stop Terault, the suspect opened fire, killing the 71-year-old. Police in Puyallup say that Terault then tried to car jack and elderly couple who were driving by, they successfully resisted, when they drove on, the suspect unloaded on their car.
Police say that Terault had abandoned his car prior to trying to steal from Johnson’s truck. King 5 News tweeted that Johnson was “well known and well liked” but that his family are asking for privacy.
2. A Local Police Spox Said It’s ‘Simply a Miracle More Citizens Weren’t Killed’
From there, residents of Puyallup, Washington, say Terault began shooting randomly throughout the town, exchanging fire with officers. No cops were injured and Terault was taken into custody. The town is about 34 miles south of Seattle. A Puyallup PD spokesman told the media on August 12 that “Evil came to town yesterday. We aren’t used to this. The community members and their response was amazing.” He added that, in total, “13-14 houses” were hit by bullets during the shooting. When Terault was arrested, he was in possession of two illegal guns. During the incident, Terault was wounded, according to the Puyallup PD. Life saving measures had to be taken by the same cops who the Terrault had allegedly shot at had shot at.
3. He Just Became a Father on July 1
According to his Facebook page, Terault just became a father on July 1. The birth came just before his first marriage anniversary to his wife, Sarah. She’s a native of Reno, Nevada, the couple lived in Tacoma, Washington, together.
4. In 2004, Terault Did Time for His Role in a Drive-By Shooting
Terault has a long criminal history, including a conviction for first-degree assault and drive-by shooting in 2004, reports KIRO TV.
5. He Had Been Working as a Lab Technician for a Company That Treats Eye Disease
Terault writes on his Facebook page that he works as a lab technician at Walman Optical. Which is known as the “largest independent ophthalmic company in the United States,” according to the company’s website.