Suspect in Battle Ground shooting makes first court appearance

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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A Battle Ground woman told investigators she shot her boyfriend early Tuesday after he hit her, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Michele R. Gramckow, 41, was arrested Tuesday and made her first appearance Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of one count of first-degree assault, domestic violence.

The victim, Rick Stanfill, 52, suffered a gunshot wound to his cheek and the back of his head, where the bullet exited, according to a deputy prosecutor. He was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center on Tuesday morning and transferred to OHSU Hospital in Portland later that day, the prosecutor said.

Stanfill was listed in fair condition Wednesday at OHSU Hospital, spokeswoman Elisa Williams said.

Judge John Wulle set bail at $200,000 and appointed attorney Robert Vukanovich to represent her.

Arraignment is set for Oct. 5.

According to court documents, Gramckow told investigators she was out drinking with Stanfill, her boyfriend, before the incident.

After the two returned to their home at 410 N.W. 10th St. and as she was lying in bed, Gramckow said, Stanfill started hitting her in the face and side.

Gramckow told investigators that she grabbed a .22-caliber revolver from a nightstand drawer and shot Stanfill, court records said.

A blood draw showed Gramckow had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.129 about six hours after the incident, about one and a half times the legal threshold of 0.08 percent.

Investigators said Gramckow didn’t have any visible physical marks on her face.

Gramckow and Stanfill are dating and have lived together for about a year, court documents say.

Gramckow works as a certified nursing assistant at The Colonial House in Battle Ground.

She has no prior criminal history.

Paul Suarez: 360-735-4522; http://www.twitter.com/col_cops; paul.suarez@columbian.com.