Spokane man charged with shooting towing company pleads not guilty to 16 counts of illegal firearm possession



The Spokane man, 41, accused of shooting a gun a month ago outside his former employer’s business and home pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to one count of second-degree assault and to 16 counts of illegal possession of a first degree firearm.

Spokane Valley Major Crimes detectives located 16 firearms, ranging from pistols, shotguns and rifles, during a search warrant in December at the residence of Donald E. Weber, according to a press release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Weber is a convicted felon after a 1999 first-degree robbery case and is prohibited from owning firearms, the sheriff’s office said.

Law enforcement responded to Fisher’s Towing, 10803 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley at around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 after reports of gunfire in the area, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The owner of the towing business, who also lives at the address, told the sheriff’s office that Weber – a former part-time employee – had come to the house and started screaming.

The sheriff’s office said when the owner went to the door to investigate after hearing a gunshot, Weber pointed a gun at him, shouted something and ran away. No one was hurt.

After a standoff of several hours between Weber and authorities, including the SWAT, at a house in the 1500 block of North Vista Road, Weber was arrested.

Weber has since been released from prison.

Weber is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on March 14 and a trial on April 4 in Spokane County Superior Court.

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