Longview police Wednesday arrested a Kelso man suspected of shooting another man in the hip last month.
Tyrick James Clark, 36, is booked at the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion for first-degree assault. His bail is set at $100,000.
Kelso police initially investigated the case, which relates to an alleged altercation between Clark and a Kelso man on April 23, said Kelso police Captain Darr Kirk. The other man checked into the hospital around 7:30 p.m. that evening with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the hip, Kirk said.
“The victim refused to cooperate as to how it happened or who did it, but we established that it actually happened at 1109 Third Avenue North in Kelso,” Kirk said.
Witnesses reported seeing the two men in the front yard of the home, then hearing a gunshot, according to the probable cause statement.
“Moments later, Tyrick was seen with a gun in his hand manipulating the slide and talking about the dispute,” the probable cause statement says. “Tyrick then fled the residence with the gun in an unknown direction.”
Although officers found a handgun on the scene, Kirk said police don’t believe it was the gun used in the assault because it doesn’t appear to have been fired.
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Police searched for Clark, who was believed to be armed, but did not immediately find him that evening, Kirk said.
“He lives in West Kelso but had not been back to his home that we were aware of, Kirk said.
Longview police received a report on Wednesday evening that Clark was at a home in the 500 block of Oregon Way. The department dispatched a team of officers to the house, said Sgt. Chris Blanchard.
“PA announcements were made from outside the residence, and Clark exited and was arrested without further incident,” Blanchard said. He added that the PA “call out tactic” was used because “officers were aware of the possible gun possession.”
“After the arrest officers did search the residence but did not locate any,” Blanchard said.
Clark made his preliminary appearance in court Thursday. A hearing for his case is scheduled for May 29.