Charges filed against man in Dec. 31 shooting

Charges were filed Tuesday in Kitsap County District Court against a man involved in a Dec. 31 shooting in South Kitsap.

James Charles Mathes, 44, of Port Orchard, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Charging papers stated that Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a restraining order violation in the 8400 block of Bethel Burley Road. Witnesses reported that Mathes was holding a woman at gunpoint.

After deputies arrived at the scene, Mathes came outside the home with a revolver pointed at the woman and was attempting to leave the residence in a vehicle. Two deputies told Mathes to drop the gun as they approached the vehicle, stated court records.

Court documents stated Mathes opened fire on the two deputies and the deputies returned fire, striking Mathes three times. The vehicle was hit several times. Mathes was taken to a Tacoma hospital with two bullet wounds and a broken arm.

Bail was set at $1 million for Mathes who has been moved to the Kitsap County Jail.

The following charges were filed in Kitsap County District Court recently:

Jan. 14: Chelsea Ann Marie Rowden, 22, Port Orchard, fourth-degree assault; Bethany Michelle Lepur, 35,  fourth-degree assault; Paul Lockwood Devinney, 31, Port Orchard, second-degree burglary and taking a motor vehicle with permission.

Jan. 13: Brennan James Schram, 21, Port Orchard, possession of heroin.

Jan. 10: Robert Ralph Thackeray, 56, Port Orchard, second-degree assault.

Jan. 8: Catherin Leigh Pritchard, 29, Port Orchard, violation of court order (gross misdemeanor); Kasey Lee Grogan, 40, Port Orchard, fourth-degree assault; Micheal Allen Yearsly, 26, Port Orchard, failure to register as a sex offender (felony); Skylar W. Ridgeway, 19, Port Orchard, second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Jan. 6: James Dean Goodwin, 33, Port Orchard, third-degree driving while license suspended or revoked; Kenneth Vincent Germann, 52, Port Orchard, fourth-degree assault; Marsha Lynn Welsh, 38, second-degree assault; Armand, Kristopher Avery, 28, Port Orchard, forgery.


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