A 35-year-old Winthrop man was arrested and charged with second-degree assault after a shooting incident Monday night (July 10) that injured a Winthrop woman.
Troy T. Triplett was charged in Okanogan County Superior Court and released on bail Tuesday afternoon.
The victim, Tracy Schrum, 48, of Winthrop, sustained injuries to her leg in the incident and was treated at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster.
According to a report by Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Weigel, county dispatch received a report of a shooting on Rockchuck Drive, near Winthrop, at 8:15 p.m., said Sheriff Frank Rogers.
When Weigel arrived, Schrum was being treated by medics from Aero Methow Rescue Services, Rogers said.
Weigel’s report said Schrum had accidentally locked her keys in her car nearby and walked to the residence on Rockchuck Drive for assistance. The home belongs to the mother of Triplett, who is Schrum’s former boyfriend.
When Schrum arrived, Triplett was at the house and became upset and pulled out a shotgun, Rogers said. A scuffle took place and Schrum turned to leave.
“As she walked away she heard a gunshot and realized she had been shot in her leg,” Rogers said. According to the deputy’s report, the shotgun was apparently loaded with rubber bullets.
After the shooting, Triplett drove away from the property and sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol officers looked for him. He returned to the residence and was taken into custody at 10:30 p.m., Rogers said.