Investigation continues into shooting

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting in Fort Walla Walla Park.


WALLA WALLA -- A shooting that stemmed from a confrontation at the Walla Walla Dog Park on Sunday continues to be under investigation, officials said.

No arrests have been made and police are investigating if the shooting was in self-defense.

Just before 7 p.m., Terry Bickford, 59, was shot in the leg by Tyler Larson, 22, of College Place, police said. The men had a disagreement while at the dog park, then left the fenced area and continued their disagreement a short distance away in Fort Walla Walla Park, police said.

Witnesses told officers Bickford was threatening physical harm to others, including Larson, police said.

Bickford apparently knew the people he was threatening in the context of being fellow dog park users, said city police Detective Matt Wood. "But there was no outside relationship."

Initial calls to 911 during the incident indicated that situation, police said. As officers were en route, callers to emergency dispatch said shots had been fired, Wood said today.

Police reports said Larson fired a semiautomatic handgun, striking Bickford in the leg. No area hospital had information on Bickford.

"We're talking to every witness we can," Wood said, adding that Bickford may face charges. "We're going to complete the investigation and look and see what we've got."

Sheila Hagar can be reached at or 526-8322.


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