Man wanted in fatal shooting near Eatonville arrested; woman being sought

Man wanted in fatal shooting near Eatonville arrested; woman being sought

EATONVILLE, Wash. — A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday night near Eatonville was arrested this week, and now deputies are searching for his girlfriend.

Hobert Clark, 25, was arrested Thursday by Pierce County deputies and detectives in east Pierce County for investigation of first-degree murder.  The arrest came after a nationwide felony warrant was issued earlier this week.

On Friday, Pierce County Detective Ed Troyer said Clark's girlfriend, Christina Kitchens, 33, is being sought by detectives. A felony warrant has been issued for Kitchens' arrest.

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Troyer said Clark is suspected of shooting and killing an acquaintance. Paul Warner, during an argument on 350th Street East.

Clark reportedly demanded Warner vacate the property where he was staying and then shot Warner, who was in his 50s, at close range with a shotgun.

Officials said Clark pointed the shotgun at a witness and threatened him and fired a shot toward another witness before fleeing the scene on a white sports bike.

Records show Clark has an extensive violent criminal history.

Immediately after Clark's arrest, detectives went into the home to serve a search warrant. They had information that Clark was staying with Kitchens, whom detectives had probable cause to arrest for rendering criminal assistance to Clark.

Investigators believe Kitchens was at the property when Warner was shot. After the shooting, the Clark was seen placing the gun in Kitchens' car and Kitchens drove away, detectives said.

Kitchens is also known as Christina Nichols.

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