Thurston County man pleads not guilty to shooting charge

A 38-year-old Thurston County man accused of shooting a passing car pleaded not guilty to assault charges Tuesday morning in Thurston County Superior Court.

Clyde E. Vaughn is charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. He was arraigned before Judge Anne Hirsch, and his trial was set for June 22.

Vaughn was originally arrested in July 2014 and eventually released. The Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office recently decided to file charges based on the accusations.

Court documents give the following account of the events leading to Vaughn’s arrest:

A Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy responded to Runyon Road, near Rainier, after receiving reports that a car had been shot. He found that the car’s window had small hole in it, which may have been caused by a small-caliber bullet.

The driver and passenger of the car said they had been traveling on Runyon Road when they saw a man running down a driveway with a rifle in his hands. One of the men reported hearing a gunshot, and the window broke.

The men flagged down a passerby, who called 911.

The deputy learned that Vaughn, who lived at the address of the shooting, had an outstanding arrest warrant. He and three other deputies traveled to the home to serve the warrant and found Vaughn, who matched the description given by the victim.

He was arrested, and deputies found a pellet gun and two .22-caliber rifles. One of the rifles had an empty shell casing in the chamber.

Because Vaughn was convicted in 2007 of bail jumping and theft of a firearm, he is prohibited from owning guns.