A bullet missed a man's heart by about an inch Friday afternoon when an argument on a Pasco street escalated to a shooting, investigators said.
Garwech N. Chut was shot once in the chest during the 3:23 p.m. incident in the 200 block of West Clark Street.
His alleged shooter, Leopoldo Navarro Ramires, was arrested hours later and appeared Monday in Franklin County Superior Court.
Judge Carrie Runge found probable cause to hold Ramires, 46, on suspicion of first-degree assault and set his bail at $100,000.
Prosecutors have until Wednesday afternoon to file charges or release Ramires from the Franklin County jail.
Police were called to downtown Pasco on Friday for reports of a man shooting another and the victim standing at the front door of a home.
A witness in a nearby home said Chut could be heard moaning, while the suspect calmly walked away and turned onto North Second Street, according to court documents.
People at the scene told the Herald that Ramires fired four to five shots.
Chut was rushed to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland and stabilized for treatment, documents said. Authorities said his gunshot wound was not life-threatening, despite coming so close to the heart.
Chut, of Pasco, was improperly identified in a Pasco police news release Monday as Chirt Garwech Nyebul.
Officers at the scene talked with the witness, who said the shooting was believed to have stemmed from an argument between Ramires and Chut earlier in the day at the intersection of Second and Clark streets, Detective Tony Aceves wrote in court documents.
The earlier confrontation was said to be about race, alcohol and possibly a cigarette lighter, and quickly turned physical with Ramires losing the fight, documents said.
So Ramires came back hours later, with the witness reporting that he noticed Ramires was armed with a silver revolver as he was dropped off by an unknown vehicle, Aceves wrote. Ramires then stood on the sidewalk near a Clark Street home and fired several shots at Chut.
Investigators found Ramires at 5:20 p.m. in the 100 block of North Second Avenue.
He admitted to having the earlier fight with Chut and losing that battle, but denied having shot the victim.
After the interview, "Ramires kicked several holes into the north wall of the Pasco Police Department interview room," Aceves wrote.
The revolver reportedly has not been recovered.
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