January 29, 2021, 10:08 a.m.

Monica Petruzzelli

Posted: Jan 29, 2021 10:08 am

PC: College Place Police Department

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington. – A man suspected of shooting his ex-wife was arrested at College Place after attempting to bury evidence in unusual hiding places.

According to the College Place Police Department, officials were called just before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon to investigate a gun fight on the 800 block on SW Bade Avenue.

The 38-year-old woman who called 911 told dispatchers that she had an argument with her ex-husband when he was armed with a gun.

When the police arrived, they contacted the woman and the suspect, whom they identified as 35-year-old Frank P. Tamayo.

Tamayo was unarmed when they arrived, but his ex-wife told police he was trying to hide the gun inside.

“Tamayo told local officials that there was no firearm in the residence and that the woman made false statements to get him into trouble,” the department said in a press release.

Officers were let in to search for and find a .22 caliber pistol buried in a 5-gallon pail of salt in the kitchen and a 9mm silver and black pistol in a bag of dog food Living room was buried.

Investigators found that both firearms had been reported as stolen from different counties.

Tamayo was detained in Walla Walla County Jail for possession of a stolen firearm, gun injuries, illegal possession of firearms, and exhibiting the firearm with the intent to intimidate them.

Tamayo was previously convicted of illegal gun possession.

More Walla Walla County news can be found here.

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