Shot fired in Crumbacher

Former  Omak cop arrested for shooting at son’s ex-girlfriend

TONASKET – A former Omak police officer was arrested at 58 Oakes Drive in Crumbacher after shooting at the feet of his son’s ex-girlfriend.

On Thursday, March 6 at around 4:30 p.m. Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call in reference to a shooting south of Tonasket. When deputies arrived they contacted Brianna A. Hicks, 35, of Tonasket and she advised deputies that earlier in the day that she and her boyfriend, Tyler J. Kion, 23 of Tonasket, had broken up. Hicks said she had lived at the residence with Kion and his father for several months, according to Sheriff Frank Rogers.

“Hicks said she went to the residence to pick up her belongings and when she was walking up to the house, Douglas G. Johnson, 47, of Tonasket, the father of Kion came outside and confronted her at the gate,” said Rogers. “Johnson was carrying a .223 caliber rifle as he came out of the house. When Johnson got to the gate he lowered the rifle and fired one round into the ground at Hicks’ feet.”

The woman said she left immediately and went to another residence to call law enforcement. Deputies surrounded Johnson’s residence and attempted to get him to come out of the house using loud speakers but there was no response from the residence.

“After about 15 minutes deputies called the residence and were able talk to Kion. Deputies instructed both of the subjects to exit the residence which they did,” said Sheriff Rogers.

The deputies obtained statements at the scene and then arrested Johnson for first degree assault, domestic violence. According to the sheriff, Johnson, who was uncooperative with law enforcement at the scene, was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked.

“Hicks was not injured in the incident but was hit in the leg by what appeared to be a piece of gravel. Deputies were able to recover the bullet from the ground where Johnson had fired his weapon. The weapon was also located in the residence and confiscated,” Rogers said, adding that Johnson is a former police officer for the City of Omak.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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