This the second-story window of Kyle LaCasse's home, which he says was pierced by a bullet hole. Police confirmed the officer struck a nearby house in the shooting.
This the second-story window of Kyle LaCasse's home, which he says was pierced by a bullet hole. Police confirmed the officer struck a nearby house in the shooting. Kyle LaCasse

Olympia Officer Ryan Donald fired a shot into the second-story window of a nearby home during his confrontation with two unarmed black men on Thursday morning, according to Kyle LaCasse, who lives in the unit.

The gunshot wounds left the two men in the hospital. One of them was in critical—upgraded to "serious" today—condition. They are both expected to survive.

LaCasse said if his roommates hadn't run out of the room in the moments prior to the shooting, they could have been hurt.

Olympia Police Department spokesperson Paul Lower confirms a bullet from the officer-involved shooting "struck a nearby house" and that investigators collected ballistics evidence from the home. He had no further comment.

"I woke up to my wife freaked out," said LaCasse, who's a baker, speaking by phone from Olympia. "And then I heard four more shots. And then [my roommates] ran into my room, and they were all scared."

Within moments of his roommates running out of the other room, he said, the bullet came crashing through.

"We heard shooting and yelling," he said. "It all happened really fast. I told them to get on the ground. We were all on the floor when we heard the window shatter... I'm very glad they left the room and came into ours.""

LaCasse's wife is pregnant. He said two friends and their five-month-old baby were downstairs at the time. "We were all really freaked out."

"It's a sign of carelessness," LaCasse said. "It's just really unfortunate that that had happen. The fact that they didn't have any weapons on them, and just their skateboards, and [police] resorted right to their guns. There are so many things they can do before shooting. The fact that they hit our window is just carelessness."

LaCasse said police told him that day his house was a crime scene. He's annoyed that they haven't fixed the window or told him what they're going to be do about it. "I was up until fucking 5 o'clock waiting for detectives," he said. "We couldn't go up into our room."

Investigators released surveillance video today from the Safeway grocery store where the two injured men, Bryson Chaplin, 21, and Andre Thompson, 24, are alleged to have shoplifted beer.

The fact that Officer Donald fired a bullet through a nearby house's window has not been previously reported. Thurston County Sheriff Lieutenant Cliff Ziesemer, whose agency is overseeing the investigation into the incident, refused to confirm the bullet struck a second-story window or comment further.

Why release the Safeway video, but not the fact that the officer struck a nearby home with a gunshot? Why refuse to confirm that a bullet destroyed a second-story window? (Police released surveillance video of Mike Brown from a convenience store after that officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, too.)

"The reason for the Safeway video is everyone involved in that incident has been interviewed," said Ziesemer. "Not everyone involved in the actual shooting has been interviewed. There's nothing the public can learn from that we haven't already told. The sole reason is we don't want people who have not been interviewed to be influenced by something they saw on the news."

Police said they don't plan to interview Officer Donald until Tuesday, and Olympia police chief Ronnie Roberts has said he believes race was not a factor in the incident.