Man charged in gun-pointing


— A man who allegedly brandished a gun during a fight witnessed by frightened customers in the Walmart parking lot this week has been formally charged with two felonies.

Larry E. Hoy, Jr., 38, of 852 Brickner Road, College Place, was charged Thursday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court with first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Hoy is accused of pointing a semiautomatic pistol at Andy Wade during the confrontation at the College Place store about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Wade and another man, Paul Leseman, told College Place police they saw Hoy drive in and confronted him because he owed them more than $6,000. Wade said that when he walked over to Hoy’s Lincoln Town Car, Hoy pointed the gun, with his finger on the trigger, “straight at him and Leseman,” according to a police report filed in court.

The report adds: “According to Wade, it was at this time that Leseman got a tire iron in hand, but put it down.”

Hoy then reportedly drove off heading north, but was located and arrested in the 200 block of Woodland Avenue in Walla Walla.

The gun — which Hoy isn’t supposed to have because of his criminal history — was recovered from a locked lockbox in the trunk of his vehicle, the police report says.

An officer who happened to be inside Walmart when the assault allegedly occurred wrote that he was met by patrons running in, screaming and shouting about a gun and a fight in the parking lot.

Also, dispatch received about seven 911 calls.


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