The suspect in a Thanksgiving eve shooting that left a Tri-City father paralyzed was arrested late Monday afternoon in Hermiston.
Tyree Q. Houfmuse, 32, was booked into the Umatilla County jail at 7:15 p.m., about three hours after he was taken into custody by federal marshals at a West Sunland Avenue apartment complex.
Houfmuse allegedly shot Anthony L.Asselin during a Nov. 26 argument outside a Kennewick tavern, then fled in a tan or gold Cadillac Seville, police said.
A bullet remains lodged in the spine of Asselin after he was shot several times about 11:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Village Tavern on North Dennis Street, according to his mother, Tammy Gill.
The 29-year-old man is paralyzed from the chest down, she said.
On Monday, Judge Carrie Runge with Benton County Superior Court found probable cause to arrest Houfmuse for the assault and ordered that a warrant be issued with $250,000 bail.
Umatilla County jail records show he’s held on $270,000 bail for three counts of being a fugitive.
Initially, Asselin’s wounds were life threatening, but on Friday officials said he was expected to make a “full recovery.” However, Asselin’s mother told the Herald on Monday that he’s improving but it’s unlikely he will ever walk again.
Asselin is in critical condition at a hospital, but his family declined to say where because at that time Houfmuse had not yet been arrested.
“He is receiving a lot of family support right now,” Gill said. “As far as Anthony maintaining a full recovery, the doctors are anticipating he will have lower limb paralysis.”
Asselin, who attended Kennewick High School, also suffered a collapsed lung when he was shot three to five times with a handgun.
Police are investigating why the men were arguing. It’s unclear if the two knew each other.
Gill told the Herald that her family is hopeful the shooting will help shed light on stopping gun violence in the community.
“This tragedy has changed everybody’s life in some way,” she said. “My son is not a gang member. This is not a drug deal gone bad. This was not a shootout that got out of control. My son was just out with some friends.”
Houfmuse also had three felony arrest warrants for possession of narcotics with intent to deliver, taking a vehicle without permission and domestic violence assault, police said.