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Published On: Tue, Oct 16th, 2018

Washington murder suicide: Michael Michelin had history of domestic violence, Maryann McCarty filed restraining orders

A murder suicide in Lacey, Washington, just outside of Olympia, involved a man with a long history of domestic violence as police confirm that several women tried to get restraining orders against him.

Michael Michelin, 50, killed himself after shooting Maryann McCarty, 40, Friday night, in parking lot in the South Sound.

Early Friday evening, witnesses saw Michelin and McCarty yelling at each other in the parking lot in the 700 block of Sleater Kinney Road in Lacey, near Michaels. The man then pulled out a pistol and shot the woman several times in the chest before turning the handgun on himself.

Maryann later died at an area hospital, according to Lacey police.

Court documents show that in Pierce County, several women applied for protection orders against Michelin over the years.

“These cases are tragic,” said Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim.

He said protection orders are important, but they are not fail-safe.

“It won’t prevent every tragedy,” said Tunheim.

“She was a great mother. She raised two great children,” said Clint Sullivan, McCarty’s next-door neighbor and landlord.

Maryann McCarty

He said McCarthy, a certified nursing assistant at Evergreen Health and Rehab, dated Michelin for a few months and then things changed. Pierce County Court documents confirmed the details.

“She came over to show me the handful of nails that she had picked up out of her driveway and she seemed very frightened,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan said McCarty feared for her safety and that of her two kids.

The neighbor told police, repeating the details to the press, that Maryann put up motion detectors and cameras in her home. McCarty also told Sullivan and his wife about the protection order she was granted by Thurston County Court in September.

“The vast majority of protection orders do have the effect they are intended. They are able to be enforced. We can take criminal action if there is a violation of the order,” said Tunheim.

Lacey Police say that they’ve had several interactions with Michelin.

Investigators claim they do not have a precise motive for the case, which is still considered under investigation.

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