Forks man charged after gunfire in Port Angeles

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Forks man has pleaded not guilty to assault and reckless endangerment charges after allegedly firing a handgun near a Port Angeles park during a fight.

An occupied home was hit by a bullet during the Aug. 27 fight. No one was hurt.

Marshall Craig Petrovich, 23, was charged Tuesday in Clallam County Superior Court with one count each of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office also has arrested a male juvenile thought to be an accomplice of Petrovich’s, Port Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith said.

He declined to name the juvenile because of his age.

“There’s very little [information] we can release on the juvenile,” Smith said.

Petrovich, who was not listed on the Clallam County jail roster Wednesday, is next set to appear in court for a case status hearing Oct. 31.

A preliminary jury trial date has been set for Nov. 18.

According to police accounts, Petrovich fired a single bullet from a .357 Magnum revolver at another man while involved in a scuffle in the Swain’s General Store parking lot, just north of Webster Park, at about 11 p.m.

The alleged target was not injured by the bullet, though it did break a window in an occupied home in the 600 block of East Second Street.

Police: Turned self in

Smith said the juvenile is thought to be the driver and Petrovich the passenger of a large white Ford diesel pickup truck seen driving away from the area shortly after the shot was fired.

Police Cpl. David Dombrowski said Petrovich then returned to Forks, where he called police to turn himself in.

A sheriff’s deputy arrested Petrovich and transferred him to police, who booked him into the jail.

Petrovich reportedly told friends via text message that night that he shot the revolver into the ground and that the bullet must have ricocheted into the house, according to the police report.


Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsula

Last modified: September 04. 2013 5:27PM
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