Port Orchard woman dies of gunshot wound

Investigators say her death was a homicide.

PORT ORCHARD — A Port Orchard woman who arrived at Harrison Urgent Care Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the chest died later at a Tacoma hospital.

Her death has been classified as a homicide, officials said Nov. 7.

The woman, identified as 20-year-old Ashlee McClelland, was driven to the South Kitsap Boulevard medical facility and met by an officer from the Port Orchard Police Department, according to Deputy Scott Wilson of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken by South Kitsap Fire and Rescue medics to Tacoma General Hospital, where she died that evening.

Wilson said Port Orchard Police asked the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team, a multi-agency team comprised of law enforcement from around the county and Washington State Patrol, to take on an investigation of the incident.

Joseph Anthony Armas, 22, was taken into custody Nov. 6 in Nisqually, Thurston County and booked on charges of manslaughter, first-degree domestic violence and illegal possession of a firearm.

Bail was set at $600,000. It is believe Armas and McClelland were dating.

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