Man arrested after allegedly firing gun inside Bremerton residence

Deputies: incident stemmed from argument with girlfriend

A 24-year-old man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly fired off several rounds into the floor of a Bremerton residence after an argument with his girlfriend.

According to a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office certificate of probable cause, a female witness told authorities that Johnathon W. Hale fired a 9mm handgun multiple times inside the residence after he and his girlfriend had been arguing. The female witness stated that Hale took his girlfriend by the arm during the argument and forced her into his bedroom and shut the door, court documents read.

When one of Hale’s male friends tried to intervene, Hale allegedly choked him and pushed him out of the bedroom telling him to get out. While Hale’s girlfriend was pleading for him to let her go, the female witness stated that Hale physically restrained her from leaving the bedroom by wrapping his arms around her stomach, documents say.

After Hale’s girlfriend was finally freed from his grasp, with the help of the female witness, Hale allegedly ran toward his closet, and loaded his handgun. Witnesses described Hale yelling and firing into the floor.

“It is important to note, when [Hale] shot at the ground in the living room, the room below was one of the roommate’s bedrooms and could have caused significant injury to the roommate had she been home,” the KCSO deputy wrote.

Hale was arrested for second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and aiming or discharging firearms with bail set at $250,000.