Union-Bulletin Court Report

DAYTON — A man accused of shooting some kind of weapon at a Columbia County Public Transportation vanpool driver last month now has an August trial date.

Sherrad J. Lahd, 34, of Dayton was charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree unlawful laser discharge for allegedly aiming a weapon via laser sight at the driver of the vehicle in the early morning of April 26.

It was unclear whether Lahd used a firearm or if he discharged a weapon at the time of the incident, so the call was classified as “active-shooter,” triggering a host of agencies’ responses, including the regional SWAT team from Walla Walla.

Columbia Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack said he and the defense attorney, Rachel Cortez, filed their omnibus order Wednesday in court to set the trial for Aug. 15 and 16.

After last month’s alleged shooting, deputies found Lahd at his home in the Cameron Court RV Park at 522 Cameron St., along with bows and arrows, crossbows and soft body armor, according to court records.

He pleaded not guilty on May 8 and posted $20,000 bail through a bonding company. The judge allowed Lahd to stay with his parents in Palisades, Wash., about 175 miles from Dayton, according to Slack.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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