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Bremerton woman shot by police charged with first-degree assault
A Bremerton woman who was shot by Bremerton police responding to a domestic disturbance has been charged in Kitsap County District Court with first-degree assault. The maximum penalty, if convicted, is life in prison.
Ann Marie Sommermeyer, 49, of the 1900 block of Naval Avenue, who remains in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, was charged Wednesday.
According to court documents, Bremerton police officers Floyd May and Frank Shaw responded to the disturbance call at Sommermeyer's apartment at 10:19 p.m. Once there, the officers were let in by a man at the door who then waited outside.
"Sommermeyer was in the bathroom talking to herself and armed with two large kitchen knives," a probable cause statement reads. "While officers were speaking to Sommenneyer, she quickly advanced upon them with a large knife in each hand."
According to court documents, Officer May then fell onto a bed "while Sommermeyer continued towards Officer Shaw who was retreating into the living room. Officer Shaw fell back onto a coffee table and fired five rounds at Sommermeyer hitting her multiple times."
Officers May and Shaw rendered first aid to Sommermeyer until medics arrived and ultimately had her airlifted to Seattle.
While processing the crime scene, five casings were located that are consistent with the type of ammunition issued by Bremerton Police Department. Harborview Medical Center advised police that Sommermeyer had two remaining bullets inside her body.
The Kitsap County Investigative Response Team (KCIRT), led by the Washington State Patrol, responded to the scene to conduct the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Officers May and Shaw are both on standard administrative leave, which is mandatory under the circumstances.