Two Yelm residents arrested after standoff, patrols to increase indefinitely


A Yelm man and woman were arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail early Thursday, Feb. 1, after a standoff with police.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Regal Lane Southeast at 10:19 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, after a report of a shot fired. According to Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Brooks, there was no evidence that any shots were fired, but shooting reports in the area have been common in the past. 

Brooks stated, however, because of that shooting report, law enforcement instead concluded an ongoing investigation into a female felony assault suspect who resided in the area. Officers and a SWAT team attempted to contact her but left her residence around 5 p.m. without entry.

Deputies returned to the residence with probable cause for arrest at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. The female was seen inside but refused to comply with commands to exit. A male resident refused to comply and tried to re-enter the house. The male allegedly assaulted a sergeant at the scene and was arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

A search warrant was granted for the residence, and after deputies and a K-9 made entry, the female suspect surrendered and was taken into custody without incident around 4 a.m. She was booked for attempted domestic violence assault in the second degree, fourth-degree domestic violence assault, obstructing a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. The male suspect was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer and third-degree assault.

In addition, as a result of a spike in felony assaults in the area tied to two well-documented properties, Sheriff Derek Sanders authorized proactive patrol details throughout the greater Yelm area. Citizens will likely see additional deputies bolstering the area through traffic stops, area patrols, business checks, field interviews, warrant service and the extradition of subjects wanted on out-of-county warrants.

“It’s just going to be deputies out doing proactive work, going around to known problem areas and focusing our attention in the problem areas that won’t get pulled away for patrol calls,” Brooks said.

He added that, normally, one TCSO deputy who works in the Yelm area will still handle the 911 calls, but one or two extra deputies will be on hand for the proactive work.