DA declined to charge Mark Shull for pulling gun on spouse
Allegations of domestic violence against Mark Shull in December 2010 were rejected by Clackamas County prosecutors due to a lack of evidence, newly obtained records show.
The records provided through a request to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office illustrate allegations of a domestic dispute between Shull and his then-wife Galina Anufrieva on Dec. 16, 2010 in the presence of Aufrieva's 14-year-old son.
Shull — who was elected to the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners in November 2020 — has recently come under fire for racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and transphobic statements made public from his personal Facebook page. Shull was censured by his fellow board members in a Thursday, Jan. 14 resolution calling on him to resign.
According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office report of the incident, on the evening of Dec. 16, 2010, Shull, his wife and stepson were eating dinner at his home located north of Sandy when he became violent, screamed profanities, smashed his plate on the table, threw a ketchup bottle across the room, broke a potted plant and threw a teapot of boiling water at his wife and stepson as they fled from the home down the driveway and to their neighbor's house.
According to the report, Shull's ex-wife told dispatchers that he had pulled a gun out in their home and brandished it at them, although she later claimed she did not fear for her life.
At several points the report mentions that Anufrieva and her son had a hard time speaking with dispatchers and sheriff's deputies on the scene due to their broken English.
The report states that Anufrieva informed sheriff's deputies that she married Shull only six months previously after coming to the U.S. from Russia.
Sheriff's deputies also interviewed Shull at the scene who said he was upset that his stepson thought he was an "American dog with a wallet," and was angered by one-word answers the son gave when he attempted to ask him questions.
According to the report, Shull admitted to smashing the dinner plate, as well as throwing the ketchup bottle and teapot, but claimed the teapot was not directed at them and landed more than 20 feet away.
According to the report, CCSO Deputy Corey Saffer — who in 2014 was prosecuted for mishandling evidence and lying about it in another case — felt that Anufrieva and her son were "intentionally vague and untruthful" in their description of the evening's events. According to state records, Saffer was stripped of all police certifications in 2015.
"I detected feelings of contempt toward Mr. Shull, not fear," Saffer wrote. "I found Mr. Shull's statement and demeanor to (be) more credible than Mrs. Shull and her son."
Saffer's report lists the recommended action for the case as "allegation unfounded."
A month later, a follow-up report filed Jan. 28, 2011, shows that Anufrieva contacted CCSO regarding issues she felt were not explained correctly in Saffer's report.
Anufrieva and her domestic-violence advocate Karina Rutova visited CCSO Deputy Brad Leikem to go over her affidavit from the evening of Dec. 16, 2010.
During this meeting, Anufrieva alleged that she and Shull had been arguing earlier in the day before she left and eventually returned. When she returned, Shull was sitting in a chair drinking wine. According to the report, Anufrieva alleged he'd already finished one bottle and had started another.
Anufrieva told the deputy that Shull's questioning of her son during dinner seemed to be with intent to provoke conflict.
The follow-up report also alleges that Shull stood up from the dinner table holding his firearm above his head while calling his wife a series of profanities.
According to the report, Shull had known Anufrieva for only a year, having been married just six months previously. The report states the two met online while Shull was in the military. It also says that two weeks before the alleged domestic incident Shull's wife accused him of pushing her and said he was exhibiting increasingly erratic behavior.
In a memo dated Feb. 22, 2011, former Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote's office notified CCSO that they would not be pursuing charges against Shull due to a lack of evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
However, on Jan. 27, 2011, Anufrieva obtained a restraining order against Shull which he then broke by sending a package containing chocolates and note written in Russian to the domestic violence shelter in North Portland where she was staying.
The note was translated to read "Your home and bed are waiting for you. Tiger, in eternal love."
According to the court records, Shull's wife told police that "Tiger" was one of his nicknames.
Following his arrest, Shull explained to Multnomah County sheriff's deputies that he had met Anufrieva through an online Russian dating website and the pair had been married since July 2010.
Records also show that Shull told deputies he was aware of the restraining order, but denied having violated it. He pleaded not-guilty to the charge and was acquitted just under a month later.
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