Gregg Warehime had been home only a few minutes Dec. 8 when he heard frantic banging on his front door and window.
After checking who was outside his Pasco home, the 24-year-old nursing student hurried to open the door to see if something was wrong with his neighbor, Froilan Campos-Gonzalez Jr.
What allegedly happened in the next 15 minutes has Warehime and another neighbor supporting a prosecution request for Campos-Gonzalez to get a mental health evaluation.
Campos-Gonzalez, 54, is accused of forcing his way into Warehime's home and shooting him when the victim said he didn't know the whereabouts of a BB gun.
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The suspect -- known to family and friends as JR -- had complained for at least 1 and 1/2 years about neighbors firing Airsoft pellets, throwing rocks at his house and poisoning his lawn and trees, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
His behavior reportedly escalated in the months leading up to the shooting with neighbors questioning if Campos-Gonzalez was delusional, yet no one felt he was open to hearing their concerns or suggestions to get help.
Now, Warehime is paralyzed and Campos-Gonzalez is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree assault.
Prosecutors believe Campos-Gonzalez has an "untreated mental health issue," and want him to undergo a competency examination at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake. The motion will be addressed at a Feb. 28 hearing.
"After entering my home, he began shouting wildly about a BB gun," Warehime wrote in his declaration. "The exact context was incoherent as he was so loud and frantic, however I knew what he was probably speaking of as he has accused me several times in the past of shooting his house with a BB gun."
Warehime -- who had just taken his last final for the fall quarter at Columbia Basin College -- said Campos-Gonzalez would not get out of his house, so he pushed him against a wall, hit him in the face and ducked to avoid a punch by the suspect.
Campos-Gonzalez then allegedly pulled a pistol from behind him, pointed it at Warehime and fired while standing in the victim's front room.
Warehime's five-page document details how he tried to calm his neighbor down in the minutes before he was shot and again after an attempt to save his life.
How Warehime fell to the floor screaming "out of sheer terror" after the bullet went through his stomach and hit his spine, before exiting out his hip.
And how after telling Campos-Gonzalez he could not feel his legs, he allegedly was dragged backward by his hand into his bedroom, where his assailant was unsuccessful in his hopes of finding the BB gun in a locked gun safe.
"I asked him as calmly as I could to not kill me and his only reply was 'Where is it!' I told him I did not have the BB gun," Warehime wrote. He said he jumped at the chance to get the focus off himself and agreed with Campos-Gonzalez's suggestion that Warehime's roommate took the gun in the car that morning.
"(Campos-Gonzalez) then withdrew his weapon and walked out of the room saying something about the ambulance being on their way," Warehime added. "After that I crawled back to where my phone was kicked to, and called 911."
Prosecutor Shawn Sant first told the court Jan. 10 that he thought Campos-Gonzalez should be evaluated.
Defense attorney Jim Egan then argued that he has not raised the issue of insanity or diminished capacity because Campos-Gonzalez is competent and has been assisting Egan in his defense. He said an evaluation would add six months to a year to his client's case while they await a psychiatrist's report.
Because both sides weren't in agreement about the request, Judge Craig Matheson told Sant to put his motion in writing if he wants a court order for a mental health evaluation.
That motion, handed up Tuesday to Matheson, included the declarations from Warehime and neighbor Timothy Hoekstra.
Their personal experiences and interactions with Campos-Gonzalez "tend to support the concern of the State as to whether Defendant is competent to proceed," Sant wrote.
Hoekstra's eight-page statement talks about moving to Coolidge Court in May 2010 and striking up a neighborly friendship with Campos-Gonzalez.
Hoekstra said he had lived there a short time when Campos-Gonzalez first mentioned having problems with neighbors and asking them to stop shooting pellets at his house.
During the months, Hoekstra said he noticed his neighbor was agitated and frustrated about the alleged malicious acts and offered to get recommendations from a friend who was a Pasco police officer.
Campos-Gonzalez set up a video camera in an upstairs bedroom of Hoekstra's home to see what was happening at night in the backyard, but it was too dark to capture any activity during several nights.
Campos-Gonzalez believed that multiple neighbors were targeting him, "but these attacks seemed surreal to me," Hoekstra wrote. "I started to wonder how someone could become a single target, whereas nothing was happening to my home. I also started to wonder if JR (was) having some form of hallucinations or delusions."
The day before the shooting, Hoekstra said he came home from a Bible study down the street to find Campos-Gonzalez pacing outside with a serious look on his face.
Campos-Gonzalez claimed that a neighbor across the street was using a special gun to shoot pellets through his vents, which would then blow up in his house into a powder and eventually poison him, Hoekstra said.
He told Campos-Gonzalez he looked tired and might feel better with some sleep, then changed the subject so they could laugh about how their wives had them set up Christmas decorations.
Hoekstra said he thought Campos-Gonzalez "seemed to be more relaxed," and was in shock the next day when his wife called to say police with guns were walking up to Warehime's home and Campos-Gonzalez was in the back of a patrol car.
Campos-Gonzalez has waived his right to a speedy trial.
A new date was set for April 11, though Egan told the court it won't go then because he has "a lot of stuff to do on this case, including a lot of consultation."
Matheson encouraged Egan and Deputy Prosecutor Dave Corkrum to return to court Feb. 28 with a firm trial date.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; email@example.com