A Grandview man pleaded innocent Thursday to allegations he shot his lover’s husband.
Consaucion Rabadan-Medina, 35, faces a May 26 trial in Benton County Superior Court for first-degree assault with a deadly weapon enhancement.
On March 27, Francisco Ocampo Villalba called Rabadan-Medina to confront him about having an affair with his wife. The two men agreed to meet in Grandview, but Rabadan-Medina didn’t show.
Rabadan-Medina, when called him, said he didn’t plan to be at the meeting spot but may go to Ocampo Villalba’s Prosser home, court documents said.
Ocampo Villalba warned him not to do that and headed home to the 100 block of Old Inland Empire Highway.
Rabadan-Medina already was at the house, according to a neighbor’s statement to Prosser police. The witness reported seeing a man get out of his vehicle and approach the gate, then heard seven shots as the man ran away.
Deputy Prosecutor Terry Bloor said the neighbor’s statement was consistent with the victim’s story that Rabadan-Medina shot at him when he arrived home.
Rabadan-Medina allegedly admitted firing shots but said it was in self-defense. He claims Ocampo Villalba was chasing him, and he shot at the vehicle to avoid being rammed, court documents said.
Prosser police Sgt. Ed Blackburn said evidence shows all of the shots hit the rear and the passenger side of Ocampo Villalba’s vehicle, which would indicate that he was trying to drive away during the attack, documents said.
Ocampo Villalba, 46, was hit by two bullets and his vehicle was shot at least six times. He was treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Rabadan-Medina was involved in a traffic collision a short distance away as he tried to flee. However, he wasn’t caught at the time because he gave the investigating officer a false name.
He was found the next morning in a Grandview home and taken into custody by Grandview police and Tri-City Regional SWAT team members.
A 9 mm gun with ammunition was found in his vehicle, documents said.
Rabadan-Medina said he has a gun but never travels with it. He reportedly couldn’t explain why he took the gun with him that night.
He is being held on $100,000 bail in the Benton County jail.