YAKIMA, Wash. — Prosecutors will have to decide what charges, if any, a Terrace Heights man will face in the shooting of his pregnant wife last week, a spokesman for the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
In releasing the names of the couple for the first time, Chief of Detectives Stew Graham said investigators have uncovered no evidence of criminal intent in the shooting that left 27-year-old McKaylee Higgs in critical condition at a local hospital.
Investigators said Higgs’ husband, 25-year-old Cory Lindblom, apparently mistook his wife for an intruder and shot her early Friday in the bedroom of their duplex on Nola Loop.
Initial reports said Higgs, reported to be eight weeks pregnant, was shot twice. A medical examination has since determined she had been shot once. Authorities have not specified the location of the injury, but initial reports suggested a neck wound.
Graham said Lindblom was cooperative with investigators and is not in custody. Once the investigation is wrapped up — “soon,” he said — the case will be forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office.
“Once you eliminate criminal intent, then you’re left with noncriminal intent (such as) recklessness or negligence,” Graham said. “Those are decisions that are going to have to be made by the prosecutor’s office.”
Graham declined to explain the scenario as described by Lindblom that led to the shooting. He said multiple shots were fired and that deputies seized a handgun of unspecified caliber or type from the home.
Authorities have previously said Lindblom was in the military, but said that his service record does not appear to be a factor.
Yakima police assisted in the investigation, deploying traffic accident reconstruction technology similar to surveying equipment to map the scene of the shooting.
The same equipment was deployed at the scene of a fatal shooting Feb. 28 in the parking lot of the Majestic movie theater in Union Gap.
The victim of that shooting, 45-year-old Cynthia Kelley-Munzanreder, lived only a few blocks from the Nola Loop duplex that was the scene of Friday’s shooting.
The slain woman’s husband, John Munzanreder, and a co-worker have since been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in that case.