Shooting suspect could appear in court this week

By The Tri-City HeraldDecember 30, 2013 

A Kennewick man accused of shooting another man in the leg could make his first appearance in court today.

Tommy Avis, 37, is being held under suspicion of first-degree assault. The Benton County Prosecutor's Office is still reviewing information and Avis won't be formally charged until after Jan. 1 if the case continues, said Terry Bloor, chief criminal deputy prosecutor.

Avis allegedly shot Derrick Cady, 35, also of Kennewick, on Saturday morning. The two men know each other and were reportedly arguing over property, police said.

Avis and other people fled the scene of the shooting but he turned himself in to police on Sunday. Police also have arrested three other people on unrelated charges in the course of the investigation.

Authorities are still looking for Michael Eugene Land, a suspected accomplice in the shooting. He is 24. Genesis Marie Garza, 28, is also wanted for questioning and on warrants unrelated to the shooting.

Cady was first taken to Trios Health before being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was listed in serious condition Monday, hospital officials said.

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