Man charged with assault after hug turns violent - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man charged with assault after hug turns violent

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - A Coeur d'Alene man was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault after a 'bear hug' turned into a physical altercation ending in shots being fired.

Craig Evans, 28, told police he was spending Friday night at the Mousetrap Bar in Coeur d'Alene having drinks with his fiance, his friend Justin and his friend's boss, Andy Jones.

When Evans was leaving the bar, he offered to give his friend and Jones a ride home. Once they got to Jones' house, they went inside and continued drinking.

Craig says that sometime during the drinking, Jones got out his 9mm handgun and was showing it to everyone, something that Craig was not comfortable with. Craig decided that he did not like the fact that Jones was intoxicated and handling a handgun so he decided to leave.

Craig's fiance went outside and started their car at which point Jones grabbed Craig in a bear hug and started squeezing him and that's when things turned physical. Jones then hit Craig in the face and the back of the head after which he was able to get out the front door and into the car.

As Craig's fiance drove away, Jones ran out of the house and fired several shots at the car. Craig says he then went home which is when his father picked him up at took him to the hospital.

Upon inspection of the car, officers discovered a broken taillight and bullet hole in the rear fender.

Police then went to Jones' home to investigate. Jones' roommate came out of the house voluntarily, and officers had to stay on scene for quite some time to get Jones to come out. After several hours, Jones finally came out of the house and was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo commented on his officers' outstanding performance saying "The officers did an outstanding job of keeping the surrounding neighborhood safe and also resolving the incident peacefully."

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