Trial for man accused of assaulting officer reset

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WALLA WALLA — This week’s trial for a man accused of pointing a loaded semiautomatic pistol at a Walla Walla police detective late last spring has been postponed again in Superior Court.

Matthew R. Hope, 39, of 1234 S. Fourth Ave., now is set to face a jury June 25 on the charge of first-degree assault and an unrelated charge of third-degree assault.

This is the second time the trial has been postponed. It last was set to begin Monday.

Officials claim Hope pointed the gun at Detective Kevin Bayne during an encounter about 8:45 p.m. on June 6 outside a residence in the 100 block of Donald Street.

He wasn’t taken into custody at the time, but the gun was confiscated and a report forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Hope was arrested Sept. 1 and booked into the County Jail on investigation of third-degree assault for allegedly striking a Benton County sheriff’s deputy on the shoulder at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

Hope then was formally charged with committing both assaults.

A bail bond was posted for him Sept. 5 and he was released from jail pending further court proceedings.

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