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Man arrested for firing gun in altercation

Tonasket resident charged with drive-by shooting

— A local man was arrested in late December on suspicion of assaulting the town’s former mayor and shooting a gun near a relative.

Larry Lee Graves, 57, was charged Christmas Eve in Okanogan County Superior Court with drive-by shooting.

According to Okanogan County Jail records, he was booked Dec. 20 on suspicion of fourth-degree assault-domestic violence, third-degree malicious mischief, harassment, carrying a concealed pistol without a permit and drive-by shooting-domestic violence.

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office deputy Terry Schrable was sent around 10:10 a.m. to Oakes Trailer Court, on county Highway 7 near town, for a reported assault and a shot fired.

The deputy’s report, included with charges as a probable cause statement, said he talked with former mayor Patrick D. Walter, 63, by phone while en route to the scene from Oroville.

“Pat said he had scratches on his nose and chest,” but did not need medical attention, the report said.

Walter, an electrician, apparently had been at a trailer doing some work when he was contacted by Graves, Sheriff Frank Rogers said.

Graves, who lives in the trailer court, accused Walter of speeding when he came through the court.

“According to the report, Graves pushed and shoved Walter and then tore his shirt, all the while he was threatening him,” Rogers said.

Graves then apparently called his sister-in-law, Pamela A. Criswell, 58, to complain about the speeding. Criswell manages the trailer park.

Schrable and Tonasket Police Chief Rob Burks contacted Criswell, who told them Graves had told her to “get down here before I kill somebody,” Schrable’s report said.

She apparently drove toward the park and passed Graves, who was going the other direction, near the Fourth Street bridge. He apparently turned around and followed her back to the trailer court, parking near her vehicle outside his home.

“Pamela said (Graves) parked the car and got out carrying a pistol,” the report said. “Pamela went on to say Larry walked directly to her driver’s door, pointed the gun straight up, and fired one shot. She said Larry did not point the pistol at her but was angry.”

He then put the pistol back in his car, the report said.

Schrable said he contacted Graves, who said he had exchanged words with Walter. Graves allegedly said Walter grabbed and pushed him, then the two of them pushed and shoved each other, the report said.

Graves allegedly had scratches on his forehead, dried blood on the left side of his head and a hand injury, but “could not tell me how he got injured,” the deputy wrote.

He allegedly said he didn’t know anything about firing a shot or how the pistol got into the car.

The pistol, a Ruger .357 revolver in a black case, was retrieved from the car. It had five rounds in it, with one chamber empty, the report said.

Walter, contacted later, told the deputy Graves confronted him on the porch of the trailer where he was working and attacked him twice.

“Pat said the second time he pushed the subject back so hard that the subject fell to the ground and probably hit his head,” the report said.

Walter told the deputy he drove into town, with Graves following him, and took several turns in order to throw Graves off his trail. He drove to the police department and contacted Burks.

Schrable’s report said the trailer court has about 50 units within a third of a mile from where the shot was fired.

The pistol was confiscated at the scene, Rogers said.

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