King County prosecutors have charged a 46-year-old man with murder after a woman was found fatally shot in an apartment in Federal Way.
King County prosecutors have charged a 46-year-old man who they say fatally shot his estranged girlfriend in Federal Way on Saturday while their two children were present, according to court documents.
Medical investigators have identified the woman as 33-year-old Tabitha Apling. She was found dead in an apartment in the 31700 block of Third Place Southwest after a 911 call around 10:15 p.m., police records show.
After shooting Apling, the suspect, Rashied Mitchell, is believed to have shot himself, according to a probable-cause statement, which outlines the police’s case against the suspect. Medics took him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition, police said.
On Wednesday, prosecutors charged the man with first-degree murder, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and a domestic-violence felony violation of a court order.
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According to the probable-cause statement, Apling and Mitchell’s children, ages 5 years old and 6 months, as well as Mitchell’s mother, were at the apartment when the parents got into an argument and Mitchell took out a handgun. The two parents began to struggle, and the gun fired, the mother told police.
After hearing a loud “pop,” the mother told police she fled the apartment with the two children, the statement says. Mitchell had recently moved in with her, she told police.
Charging papers say multiple no-contact orders were issued on Sept. 12 so that Mitchell would not have contact with Apling or the children. The orders were the result of a pending domestic-violence case against him in Auburn, the papers say.
Mitchell has an extensive history of domestic-violence convictions that have involved different victims, dating back to 1991, the papers say.
His arraignment is set for Oct. 13 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, according to Dan Donohoe, King County prosecutor’s spokesman. Bail is set at $5 million.
Federal law bars abusers subject to certain protective orders from buying or owning weapons, though some states, like Washington, have passed their own version of the requirement.
Earlier this year, authorities in the state said they were reviewing how they treat such cases to improve compliance, aiming to ensure offenders surrender their firearms when necessary.