Washington State Man Allegedly Shot and Killed Plumber, Then Asked His Neighbor to Hide a ‘Bag of Guns’


Jacques Dothard appears in court

A Washington State man was arrested and charged earlier this week after allegedly shooting and killing a plumber he hired.

Jacques Dothard, 55, stands accused of one count of murder in the first degree, one count of tampering with evidence, and five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, according to jail records.

At around 8 p.m. on the night of May 23, 2022, South Sound 911 received a report of shots fired at a residence in Spanaway, Wash., a census-designated place some 30 miles east of Olympia, Wash.

According to Seattle NBC affiliate KING, the 911 caller reported that they could see a body in the truck that was in front of the house.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) detectives allegedly saw Dothard sitting in the truck’s driver’s seat as they arrived. The defendant then allegedly went inside before later surrendering to law enforcement.

Inside the truck was 40-year-old Tom Lorezca, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

In comments to the TV station, the deceased man’s siblings said he was “humble” and the “definition of an older brother.” They added that when it came to his work, it spoke for itself and that he was dedicated to doing the job. His brothers declined to appear on camera so soon after the tragic loss of the man who was always there for them.

Lorezca was also remembered as a man who loved dogs and loved to drive.

Investigators believe the violence unfolded after Dothard ran over a drainpipe and called Lorezca to help him fix it. Once the plumber arrived, he was confronted by the defendant before he could even get out of his truck; Dothard immediately accused Lorezca of hitting his gate…


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