Spokane Valley Shooting Incident Leads To Arrests
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: A 53-year-old Spokane Valley man and his 18-year-old son were arrested Wednesday night after a neighborhood dispute led to the older suspect firing a pistol shot into the ground.
Stephan R. Day, a previously-convicted felon, was arrested for five counts of Second-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and single counts of Harassment – Threat to Kill and Reckless Endangerment.
His son, Stephan D. Day, was arrested for Possession of a Pistol by a Minor and Evidence Tampering after he attempted to hide his father's firearms before police arrived.
The incident began about 9:15 p.m. when Day Sr. extended his middle finger at a neighbor who was with friends on the porch next door. The neighbor later told officers that Day Sr. has a history of harassing his neighbors.
The group decided to leave. As they drove past Day Sr.'s home, he again flipped off the entire group. They drove off, but then decided to return and respond in kind.
Their gestures led to a confrontation in the front yard. They told officers that Day Sr. went into his home and returned with a .44-caliber pistol which he fired into the ground at their feet.
The group retreated and called 911. Officers began arriving in the area and Officers Tim Jones and Lamont Peterson arrived to find the group hiding behind a car. As the two approached the fence line of the home, they saw a male dropping a gun over the fence.
Ordered to drop the gun, the suspect retreated and Officer Jones located three rifles on the ground. Officer Ian Hayes found another two guns along the fence line.
The officers located the suspect, Day Jr., hiding on the ground near a camper and took him into custody. Other officers detained Day Sr., and learned from him that he had told his son to get rid of all the guns before police arrived.
No one was injured during the incident. Officers were able to recover the spent bullet from where it had been fired into the ground. They seized the pistol as well as a .330-magnum rifle, a 7mm rifle, a .45-caliber muzzle-loader rifle and a final rifle of unknown caliber as evidence.
They arrested both Days and drove them to the Spokane County Jail for booking.
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