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A sheriff’s deputy responded to a call in the 6800 block of Old Military Road NE in East Bremerton at 6:30 p.m. June 22 for reports of shots fired from a home. The deputy arrived and two houses in the area were not marked, so she asked women sitting on the front porch of one home what the house numbers were. One of the women stood up and said, “You’re here for me. We fired three shots off the deck.”
The deputy followed the 64-year-old woman to her house and the woman yelled, “The police are here for you” to someone inside the residence. The woman’s 52-year-old husband met them inside the house and smelled of alcohol.
The deputy asked the man where he put the gun and he repeatedly said he would get it for her. The deputy told him she “was not getting into a gun fight tonight” and wanted to get the gun herself. The man eventually complied and the deputy retrieved the loaded gun from a dresser drawer inside the master bedroom.
The man admitted to firing the gun twice off the deck into the base of a tree. His wife said he was teaching her how to load and fire a gun.
He refused to give the deputy his name or identification card, saying, “I’m a felon, I’m not telling you!” His wife then said, “I’ll tell her then.” The man complied and identified himself.
He then refused to go to jail, offering the deputy $1,000 cash if she would leave his house. He eventually agreed to go to jail when the deputy allowed him to call a friend to bail him out.
The man was arrested and booked into jail for reckless endangerment and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was later released.
Pigeon drop scam
A 75-year-old East Bremerton man fell victim to a scam June 18. He called police June 19 to report the theft of $30,000. He was reluctant to call because he was embarrassed by what happened.
The man told the deputy he arrived home at about 1 p.m. June 18 after getting gas when a man came up to him asking for directions. He said he was lost and had been wandering around the neighborhood attempting to find State Route 303. The victim said he’d give him a ride to Safeway in East Bremerton.
While en route to Safeway, the man told the victim he just inherited $7 million from a relative with the stipulation that he would give the majority of it to charity. Once they arrived at Safeway, the suspect asked the victim to stop by a woman walking into Safeway. He told the woman a similar story about his inheritance and that she could give him some money first, then he’d give her more money in return.
The woman said she was interested and hopped in the victim’s car. The suspect gave the woman an envelope with a letter inside from an attorney named “Howard,” explaining that what the suspect was doing was legitimate. The woman gave the suspect money and he gave her more money in return.
The man then asked the victim if he was interested in the same offer and he said yes. All three went to the victim’s bank in East Bremerton.
The woman and suspect stood outside the car while the victim walked inside the bank and withdrew $30,000 from his account. He walked back to his car, gave the man the money and “the next thing the victim knew was that the woman and the suspect were gone,” according to reports.
The male suspect is described as African American, 46-50 years of age, heavy build with a strong South African accent. The woman is described as African American, 30-35 years of age, skinny with no accent.
The investigation continues.