A man accused of pulling the trigger on a pistol during a domestic dispute pleaded not guilty to assault and gun possession charges Tuesday morning.
Guy A. Miller, 33, appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller. He was arrested Jan. 31 on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, but was eventually charged with first-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and fourth-degree assault.
He is being held in the Thurston County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in the 700 block of Tipsoo Loop Southeast near Rainier after a woman reported that Miller was drunk and hit his girlfriend, according to court documents. They arrived at the scene at about 11:30 p.m. and found Miller, a man who was covered in blood, Miller’s girlfriend and several witnesses.
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The witnesses said that Miller had punched his girlfriend while they were in the backyard. A group of men confronted him, and a fight broke out, according to court documents.
Miller eventually pulled out a gun.
A man stepped forward and persuaded Miller to put the gun away, according to court documents. A few minutes later, Miller pulled out the gun again. The man tried to disarm Miller, but Miller held him in a headlock.
Miller put the gun to his head, and the man heard a click, according to court documents. He believed Miller was trying to kill him.
A witness reported that he saw Miller pull the trigger. When the gun didn’t fire, Miller tried to put another round into the gun’s chamber, according to court documents.
Another witness intervened and knocked the gun out of Miller’s hand.
Lt. Cliff Ziesemer reported that upon his arrest, Miller’s blood alcohol level was .224 — more than twice the legal limit for driving. He also said that the bullet had an indentation, but for some reason the gun didn’t fire.
Because Miller is a convicted felon, he is prohibited from owning a firearm. He was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm in Pierce County in 2011, according to court documents. He also has multiple domestic violence and assault convictions.
Schaller set his trial for the week of April 20.