One man was transported by Life Flight following a shooting incident in White Salmon the evening of Feb. 7.
Deputies from Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, Skamania County Sheriff's office and officers from Bingen-White Salmon Police Department responded to a domestic violence call involving gunshots being fired on Loganberry Lane in White Salmon at approximately 9 p.m. Feb. 7. The 911 dispatcher further advised that there was a victim with a gunshot wound, the press release said.
The press release noted the victim of the shooting had arrived at Petersen's home and engaged in a "verbal argument, then physical struggle" prior to the shooting.
Rick Regan Petersen, 67, was initially arrested by Klickitat County Sheriff deputies and booked on a charge of first degree assault. However, Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney David Quesnel immediately dropped those charges and released the suspect pending further investigation, according to a press release.
Petersen was contacted at Skyline Hospital, where he had immediately transported the male victim, who was ultimately taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where he is recovering, according to the press release.
The investigation continued as of Feb. 16, and was expected to take a couple of weeks, according to the Klickitat County Sheriff's office.
Assisting Klickitat County Sheriff deputies were the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Washington State Patrol Troopers, Klickitat County 911 Dispatchers, and Skyline Hospital medical staff.