Stolen firearm charge added in drive-by shooting case

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WALLA WALLA — A man accused of firing a handgun from a moving vehicle about a year ago now faces a fourth charge in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Frank P. Tamayo, 28, initially was charged with two counts of drive-by shooting and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, to which he pleaded innocent.

On Wednesday, a charge of possessing a stolen firearm was added to his case. He then pleaded innocent to that charge at a brief court hearing.

Police said Tamayo was a backseat passenger in a 2002 Dodge Neon when he fired four or five shots into the air while traveling in the area of Isaacs Avenue and Ash Street about 1:15 a.m. Oct. 30, 2012.

He then allegedly shot three more times as the car was near Eighth Avenue and Moore Street. No injuries were reported.

Officials stopped the vehicle shortly afterward near Pine and Bowman streets.

A .38-caliber revolver reportedly was located in the backseat floorboard area of the car. Tamayo can’t legally have a gun due to a previous conviction as a juvenile, according to officials.

And now, prosecutors are alleging the gun was stolen.

Police couldn’t identify a target or motive for the shooting.

Tamayo was arrested and booked into the County Jail at the time. He later was released pending the outcome of his case.

His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29.

Comments

chicoli 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The County Court released a dangerous man a year ago. He could have kill someone during this period of time. This action by the court is an irresponsible one. This man should've been tried 10 months ago. He stole the gun...from another irresponsible owner?

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PearlY 11 months, 2 weeks ago

He stole the gun from a crime victim, paco. Do you normally assume that all crime victims "asked for it"? If so, you've led a sheltered life.

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namvet60 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Sounds like another illegal that ICE won't deport but makes everybody keep there doors locked!

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