Shots fired incident under investigation

By on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

COLLEGE PLACE — College Place police officers responded to a call of shots fired near the 400 block of NW B Street at 10:27 p.m. Friday. Dispatch reported the caller believed a neighbor’s boyfriend had been shot at.

When officers arrived on scene they contacted a female who reported being woken by the sound of a gunshot, Chief Troy Tomaras said in a news release. The 23-year-old College Place resident reported seeing her boyfriend drive away from the house when she looked out her window to investigate the sound. Officers spoke to a neighbor who heard the gunshot and reported seeing an unknown male wearing black clothing running eastbound down the street toward College Avenue.

Officers examined the scene for evidence and discovered one empty .380 shell casing on the sidewalk in front of the victim’s home. While still at the scene, the female received a call from her boyfriend who had been observed driving away. The boyfriend refused to return to the scene but did tell his girlfriend that an unknown male wearing a mask carrying a gun tried to steal his backpack. The boyfriend, identified as a 24-year-old College Place resident, claims the male shot at him before he drove away.

Later, officers responded to Providence Saint Mary Medical Center for a male gunshot victim who reported to hospital staff he was shot in College Place. The 31-year-old male was reported to have been wearing black clothing when arrived at hospital. The individual was questioned into his involvement of the College Place shooting on NW B Street but refused to cooperate.

The College Place Police Department continues to investigate this incident. Anyone with information can call detectives at 509-394-8550.