Man arrested after firing rifle into the air at mobile home park

Man arrested after firing rifle into the air at mobile home park
Spokane County Sheriff's Office

On April 2 around 10:30 a.m., deputies responded to reports of a man who had fired a gun while he was outside his home and standing next to another mobile home.

The people who called in did not know if the suspect shot at anyone or if anyone was injured.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies began to ensure no one was injured and attempted to find the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Job A. Gustafson, who had reportedly went back inside his residence.

Several minutes later, Gustafson emerged from the residence. He was initially hesitant and argumentative, but deputies continued to talk with him and tried to deescalate the situation while attempting to determine if he was armed.

Eventually, Gustafson was coaxed into complying with the deputies, and he was safely taken into custody.

Gustafson appeared intoxicated as he spoke with deputies. He was confused and didn’t know why the Deputies were there. When asked about shooting a weapon, Gustafson said he fired a .22 rifle into the air toward a gravel pit which could not be seen from his residence.

He explained the gravel pit is “usually empty”. Gustafson’s story changed several times as he explained why he had fired a weapon.

Deputies saw that Gustafson had shot toward about six mobile homes. They recovered a 30-30 rifle from the residence and found one spent casing and three unfired rounds in the rifle.

Gustafson was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Reckless Endangerment where he is still being held with bond set at $1,000.

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