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Bremerton shooter remains at-large
Shooting suspect Darrin Darrel Maiden, 28, is still at large Thursday afternoon after shooting the mother of his two children, 2 and 4, in a car behind the West Bremerton Safeway store around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday while his children watched from the back seat.
Bremerton Police were called to the area of 9th Street and Montgomery Avenue to investigate the gunshots. The victim, who was airlifted to Harbor View Medical Center for multiple gunshot wounds, has a valid no contact order against Maiden due to prior domestic violence issues.
A warrant for Maidens arrest was issued for domestic violence assault in the first degree by police and bail for that crime is set at $500,000.
Maidens criminal record contains more than 30 arrests including three felony convictions and a conviction for violating a domestic violence protection order, according to police.
Bremerton Police Department Lt. Peter Fisher said the suspect is presumed to still be in the area and officers are doing everything they can to locate him.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Maiden is asked contact Det. Mike Davis at (360) 473-5482 or Det. Rodney Harker at (360) 473-5483. There is also a hotline for the Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-CRIME-13 where anonymous tips can be given. The group offers $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and filing of charges in any serious crime.
Kitsap County YWCA executive director Linda Joyce said that domestic violence in our community affects us all.
Domestic violence is a community issue, not just a personal one, Joyce said.
Joyce said the community must take action as a whole to prevent these atrocities in the future.
We must show children of domestic violence some alternatives to stop the pattern of violence, she said. We must also educate our community so we can recognize the signs of domestic violence early.
The YWCA has many programs available to help women and children like a 24-hour crisis hotline, a live shelter, a clothing closet for children and many more.
Anyone can call our crisis hotline 24 hours a day to get help or visit our office during business hours for support groups and the live shelter, Joyce said.
The YWCA can be reached at (360) 479-0522 and the 24-hour crisis hotline is (800) 500-5513.