A suspect accused of shooting a Tri-City man in a fight outside a Kennewick tavern has pleaded innocent to assault and weapons charges.
Tyree Q. Houfmuse, 32, made his initial appearance in Benton County Superior Court on Friday, four days after he was tracked down by federal marshals in Hermiston.
He is charged with first-degree assault and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm following a shooting the night before Thanksgiving at the Village Tavern. The charge carries a felony firearm enhancement which would add mandatory prison time to a potential sentence.
Houfmuse was booked into Benton County jail on Thursday and is held on $250,000 bail.
Several witnesses saw Houfmuse fire multiple shots at Anthony L. Asselin during an argument, according to court documents. The two men had words inside the tavern, then stepped outside.
Witnesses told authorities there was no physical fight before the shots were fired. Asselin was shot several times and his family says there is a bullet lodged in his spine.
The argument apparently started after Houfmuse showed up at the bar with Aquarius Gibbs, who is Asselin’s former girlfriend and mother to his child.
“Asselin thinks that (Houfmuse) furnishes drugs to Ms. Gibbs, which affects her parenting,” court documents said.
Gibbs allegedly gave Houfmuse a ride from the bar to Hermiston following the shooting. He was arrested Dec. 1 at an apartment complex.
Asselin is still in a hospital being treated for his injuries, his family said. Doctors say he is paralyzed from the chest down.
Asselin attended Kennewick High School and is a local rapper who goes by the name “Redd 100.”
Multiple fundraisers have been set up around the area to help fund his recovery.