Chimacum man jailed after shooting up trailer

Posted 7/21/21

A 56-year-old Chimacum man was arrested early Sunday after shooting up his fifth-wheel trailer he called home from the inside out.

Emergency dispatchers were called at 5:35 a.m. July 18 to Egg and …

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Chimacum man jailed after shooting up trailer

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A 56-year-old Chimacum man was arrested early Sunday after shooting up his fifth-wheel trailer he called home from the inside out.

Emergency dispatchers were called at 5:35 a.m. July 18 to Egg and I Road after shots were heard coming from the trailer.

Jefferson County Sheriff Joe Nole said the shooting lasted two hours and 200 to 300 shots were fired.

The man was armed with a .22-caliber pistol, .22-caliber rifle and shotgun, but the shotgun was not fired during the incident.

No one was hurt by the gunfire, and officers at the scene said bullets could be heard going through the trailer and hitting nearby trees. A neighbor’s house was also hit.

“He shot up the inside of his trailer. The ceiling, walls, every window,” Nole said.

A Navigator experienced in dealing with people having mental health issues was brought to the scene early during the shooting. 

The gunfire was sporadic and came in short bursts, Nole said. Four rounds, then four more, then two rounds, followed by 10, then six, then two. And so it went for nearly two hours; the man shooting, then reloading, then shooting again.

At one point, officers at the scene heard a dog yelp and thought the animal might have been hit.

It was later found uninjured and taken to an animal shelter by a deputy.

Egg and I Road was shut down during the incident, and the man did not fire at responding officers.

Instead, he came out when a patrol car with its emergency lights on approached the man’s home and officers announced their presence. He was taken into custody without incident.

“He came right out and didn’t do anything,” Nole said.

Deputies had been called to the man’s home in the recent past following baseless accusations the man had made against neighbors and others, but the man did not say why he began firing at random.

“They started to talk to him about what was going on and he said he didn’t want to talk,” Nole said.

Officers found thousands of rounds inside the home, and the floor was so covered with ammunition that deputies couldn’t walk through the fifth-wheel trailer without stepping on ammo.

At one point, the man apparently had dumped ammunition all over his bed, then flipped the mattress over, spilling rounds all over the floor.

The man was booked into Jefferson County Jail Sunday for reckless endangerment and aiming/discharging a firearm/dangerous weapon. Both potential charges are gross misdemeanors.

Bail was set at $2,000.

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