A Richland man pleaded innocent Wednesday to allegations he was caught with drugs in his car when police stopped him for reports of firing a gun outside a Kennewick convenience store.
Jeremy Obediha Hendricks, 35, faces a Sept. 10 trial in Benton County Superior Court on possession of drugs and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
The delivery charge includes a firearm allegation that Hendricks was armed with a .22-caliber nine-shot revolver at the time. The allegation calls for an enhanced sentence if convicted.
Kennewick police were called June 11 about shots fired in a store parking lot. Both the suspect vehicle and one driven by the victim had left, but officers reportedly found Hendricks nearby within two minutes, and his car matched the description.
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According to court documents, Hendricks admitted firing two shots into the ground to defend his passenger, who was being menaced by another person.
"He said he had fired the shots to convince the aggressor to back away from his girlfriend," documents stated.
Officers, while talking to Hendricks, noticed small-caliber ammunition on the floor of Hendrick's car and applied for a search warrant to get in the vehicle.
The search turned up a backpack with items showing it belonged to Hendricks, along with a quantity of hydrocodone pills, court documents stated.
The pack also contained a digital scale, "50 small plastic bags of the type used to package drugs" and a bag with a residue that tested positive for cocaine, documents stated.
Hendricks is out of custody on personal recognizance.