Witnesses: Park manager calms man with gun at Simtustus Resort
Witnesses say the park manager at Simtustus Resort and Marina calmed a man with a gun at the park on the evening of Tuesday, April 21.
A Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the resort at 5:29 p.m. that day.
The manager, Greg Moreno, said he had heard yelling by the moorage dock, so he went to see what was going on, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the deputy.
Eric Lee Powell, 34, of Boise, Idaho, had been staying at the resort for about a week, and he had a gun out, Moreno told the deputy.
He wasn't pointing the gun at the other people at the dock.
"Mr. Moreno had the other customers go to their camp trailers and told Mr. Powell to stay on the dock," the deputy wrote. "Mr. Moreno said he got everyone calmed down and Mr. Powell put the gun back in his waistband."
Then Moreno called the police.
Then the first deputy and another arrived for backup. The first one asked Powell to "come up to land and talk with us," the deputy wrote. "He refused and would only talk to us from a distance. I went onto the dock as far as there was a railing. I asked him if he had any weapons on him. Mr. Powell said he had a knife on him and his gun was at the end of the dock."
Powell told the deputies that he had driven down to the dock, and while he was backing up, his tires kicked up some gravel.
"Mr. Powell said when he looked out of his driver's side window, four men were by his window. He said one mad had rocks (gravel) in his hand," the deputy wrote. "Mr. Powell said all four men yelled at him."
Powell wouldn't tell the deputies what happened next, according to the affidavit.
She talked with three brothers who were at the dock.
They all told basically the same story.
They were standing around their camp trailers, and their children were playing in the area. Powell came driving down the hill too fast in his pickup. He slowed down until the kids were out of the way, then he spun around, peeling out.
One of the brothers, a 25-year-old from Vancouver, Washington, went up to Powell's driver side window, along with his brothers, and asked him what he was doing.
The brothers all said Powell pulled a gun from his waist and pointed it at them. Two said he got out of the pickup with a gun in one hand and a beer in the other.
One said he videotaped the brothers' camping area, and two said he threatened to burn the place down.
The youngest brother told the family to get inside the trailer, and all said they were afraid for their families.
One "said he was in fear for his life," the affidavit said. "(He) said the park manager came down and calmed things down."
In the meantime, the deputy who was with Powell had called for backup, and two more deputies arrived.
The first told him he was under arrest for menacing, pointing a firearm at another and unlawful use of a weapon. It was several minutes before Mr. Powell walked up to us, but we were able to secure him without incident," the deputy wrote.
At the end of the dock, deputies found a can of beer and Glock 17 gen 4, 9mm pistol. It had a loaded magazine, and one bullet was in the chamber.
Powell is being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on $75,000 security.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, April 29, on three charges of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, a Class C felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class A misdemeanor.
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