A 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday morning in Crooked River Ranch after allegedly firing a gun during a dispute with his stepfather, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to the incident at 4:58 a.m. on Dove Road in Crooked River Ranch. The stepfather reported his stepson, Jeremy Hotha Thomas, 34, of Shoreline, Washington, was threatening to shoot him. Thomas’ girlfriend was at the scene and reported Thomas had a gun.
The stepfather said Thomas was pointing a gun at him. He ran away from Thomas into the house and heard Thomas firing the gun, according to authorities.
Thomas and his girlfriend left the house with their 3-year-old child in a Chevrolet hatchback before deputies could arrive, according to the sheriff’s office.
At 7:59 a.m., a state trooper received a report that the hatchback was on Lower Bridge Road to the west of Holmes Road.
Deputies and state troopers responded to that area and found Thomas parked along the roadway. The officers had their guns drawn when they approached Thomas.
Thomas’ girlfriend and child were uninjured, and a loaded handgun was reportedly found inside the vehicle
Thomas was arrested on charges of menacing, pointing a firearm at another person, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree burglary and third-degree theft.
— Bulletin staff report