A dispute with the neighbor turned into an arrest in Aberdeen Monday, Police Captain John Green said in a press release that at about 6:23 P.M., the Aberdeen Police responded to the area of the 300 block of W. Farrell St. on the report that gun shots had been fired. They were assisted by Officers from the Hoquiam and Cosmopolis Police Departments, and the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office.
Responding officers discovered that a shot had been fired in the direction of another person. They located the suspect in the shooting inside a residence there.
Responding officer surrounded the residence and called out the suspect using a PA system. An adult male subject, later identified as James Appling, came out of the residence and was cooperative with the police officers.
The investigating officers were assisted by Aberdeen Detectives who obtained a search warrant for the residence.
Officers were told that the suspect, James Appling, believed he was being kept under surveillance by a neighbor. In response, Mr. Appling spray painted “F… You” on a tarp on his property that faced the neighbor.
A 58 year old Westport male confronted Mr. Appling and demanded that he paint over the offending language. Allegedly, when Mr. Appling refused, he was threatened by the 58 year old male.
It was reported to the police that Mr. Appling allegedly became fearful and came out of his residence and fire a gun shot in the general direction of the Westport male, at which time the police were called.
Mr. Appling was arrested and booked into the City of Aberdeen jail for Assault in the 1st degree.
The investigation has been assigned to an Aberdeen Detective and is under investigation.