Bremerton man arrested after assault, brandishing firearm in Poulsbo

A Bremerton man was arrested Oct. 19 for allegedly assaulting another man and pointing a handgun at him outside Walmart in Poulsbo.

At approximately 9:35 p.m. a Poulsbo Police officer was dispatched to the scene at Walmart after receiving a report of an assault with a firearm. The officer spoke with the alleged victim of the assault and learned that the attacker, identified as Brandon Hurley, 23, had punched the man in the face and then pointed a handgun at him, telling him to leave an ex-girlfriend alone.

The alleged victim told the officer that Hurley had approached him in the Walmart parking lot and engaged him in small talk before punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground. The victim said when he looked up he saw Hurley pointing a handgun with a tan slide at him.

Witnesses reported hearing Hurley punch the man and cock the gun before taking off running.

The alleged victim reported seeing a vehicle that belonged to his ex-girlfriend’s friend leaving the parking lot. Using tracking abilities on the social media app, Snapchat, the victim saw the vehicle driving through Bremerton and stopping at the All-Star Lanes bowling alley.

Deputies located Hurley at All-Star Lanes where he was detained and searched. On his person, officers found a loaded tan-colored semi-automatic handgun in Hurley’s waistband. They also noted that a round was already loaded into the chamber.

After having been read his rights, Hurley said he understood his rights and agreed to speak. He stated he had confronted the alleged victim about his ex-girlfriend, but denied punching him or pointing his weapon at him. Hurley noted that his jacket did not fully conceal the pistol in his waistband holster and that the alleged victim could have seen it that way. Officers noted that the tan coloration on the slide, described by the victim would likely not be visible had the firearm remained secured in Hurley’s holster.

Hurley was booked into Kitsap County jail on charges of first-degree assault with bail set at $100,000.

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