A 29-year-old man pleaded innocent Thursday to allegations that he fired shots at his wife’s former lover while he was driving west of Prosser.
Brigido Alvarado Bautista was arrested at his Grandview home a short time after the May 30 incident.
As Benton County sheriff’s deputies were handcuffing him, they reportedly found a loaded .25-caliber Galesi-Brescia pistol in his waistband and .24-caliber ammunition and a glass pipe in his pockets, court documents show.
Alvarado Bautista faces a July 20 trial in Benton County Superior Court for a drive-by shooting, being an alien in possession of a gun and possession of methamphetamine.
He is being held in the Benton County jail on $50,000 bail.
Jose Martinez Gurrola contacted law enforcement after the alleged run-in with Alvarado Bautista.
Martinez Gurrola said he had received threatening texts and phone calls from Alvarado Bautista, court documents said.
Then, while driving near the intersection of North Missimer Road and County Route 12, Alvarado Bautista passed him in the left lane and held a pistol over the roof of his truck while firing five to six shots at Martinez Gurrola, documents said.
Martinez Gurrola said another car was in front of him when the shooting happened.
He said he’d had a romantic relationship with Alvarado Bautista’s wife after the couple separated. He told deputies that Alvarado Bautista’s wife was in the passenger seat next to her husband during the shooting.
Deputy Ryan Hull recovered shell casings from the roadway, court documents said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement records indicate Alvarado Bautista is not in the U.S. legally and has been deported to Mexico after illegal entry once before, documents said.
Prosecutors claim that because Alvarado Bautista is not a citizen, he cannot legally carry or own a pistol.
While Hull was driving him to jail, Alvarado Bautista allegedly made several unsolicited statements, including, “I didn’t shoot at him, I just shot in the air.”
Alvarado Bautista also said it happened because his wife and the victim were having an affair, and told the deputy he would do the same thing if he were in the same situation, documents said.