Carolyn Piksa, a longtime Seattle Parks and Recreation department employee, was ordered held on $1 million bail after police said she shot fellow employee Bill Keller on Friday and also confronted another parks employee at the Bitter Lake Community Center.
The 46-year-old waived her right to appear at her bail hearing, which was held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at King County Jail. The small courtroom was packed with television cameras, which chased after one of Piksa’s elderly relatives despite her saying she didn’t want to talk.
Court documents submitted by police say Piksa admitted to the shooting and the confrontation at Bitter Lake, and that she stole the purse of the woman she allegedly confronted.
Her nephew, Cody Shearer, told reporters that Piksa had suffered emotional trauma that affected her.
In 1985, Piksa’s sister and that woman’s husband were killed in an execution-style shooting in a Pierce County cemetery. Last year, her Burien home was burglarized and her dog, Roulette, was killed. That led to her feeling unsafe and paranoid, Shearer told reporters.
While Piksa didn’t have a criminal record in Washington – traffic tickets and a civil matter are her only court cases – an arrest warrant had been issued for her in Marion (Ore.) County. Oregon State Police records show an unlawful firearm possession case was filed Dec. 3, and Piksa’s address is listed as the Burien home where police arrested her Friday afternoon.