Charges filed in Sunday shooting, assault in Walla Walla

Eric D. Hight faces assault and harassment charges in connection with an incident at his residence.

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WALLA WALLA -- Charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting guns inside his home and assaulting his girlfriend during an argument early this week.

Eric D. Hight, 43, of 104 Fire Station Lane, was charged Monday in Superior Court with first-degree assault and harassment -- both involving domestic violence. He was arrested outside his residence about 9:40 p.m. Sunday and booked into the County Jail.

Hight allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend, Myrna Notturno, earlier in the day and fired several rounds from a handgun into a living room wall while she was present.

At some point, Notturno was able to hide the gun, but Hight threw a metal paper towel holder at her, opening a gash on her head, according to a police report filed in court.

The argument progressed into the bedroom where Hight allegedly choked Notturno twice, threatened to kill her and armed himself with a rifle. "Notturno stated Hight raised the rifle about 10 inches above her head and fired the gun inside the bedroom," the police report says. The bullet apparently went through several walls and penetrated a neighbor's fence.

Hight -- who had been drinking alcohol -- then threw the rifle on the bed and began to destroy the wall, throwing pieces of it at Notturno, according to officials. He then reportedly started to cry and said he hated everyone and his life.

Notturno left and called police from a friend's house.

Hight also was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Police said Hight is a convicted felon, therefore prohibited from possessing the firearms.

Bail for Hight has been set at $150,000.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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