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Police: Man threatened people with loaded gun

Posted at 2:51 PM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 16:51:24-05

A Moses Lake, Washington man has been booked into the Ada County Jail, after police say he threatened several people with a loaded handgun.

It happened Sunday night at a home in the 300 block of East Moskee Street, near Ustick and Meridian Roads.

According to Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea, Paul Thompson, 25, became involved in an argument with several people in the home. He left, then returned a short time later. The confrontation then escalated, Basterrechea said.

“(Thompson reportedly) removed the magazine from the gun, put it back in, then cocked the gun and pointed it at people in the house,” Basterrechea said.

Those threatened then fled to a neighbor’s house and pounded on the door. Not knowing who was at the door, the resident then notified police.

Officers were later able to locate Thompson. “We got his cell phone number and made contact with him,” Basterrechea said. “He agreed to meet us at an intersection, where he was taken into custody without incident.”

Police were also able to confiscate the handgun.

Thompson now faces four felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

“We believe all people involved knew each other,” Basterrechea said.