Steven W. Timmons was upset about Camas code violation notice

Man arrested for assaulting city employee

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A Camas man was arrested Monday afternoon following a physical altercation that involved a handgun.

According to a Camas Police Department press release, earlier in the day Steven W. Timmons, 54, became upset when he found a note left on his door by longtime city water department employee Tobin Reed Sr. regarding violation of city code. Timmons had repainted a fire hydrant in front of his house red instead of its orginal yellow color — the color of all other city hydrants.

No one was home when Reed stopped by, so a note was left at the house advising them of the error, with suggestions on where the proper colored paint could be purchased.

Timmons, who according to police was intoxicated, walked several blocks to Reed’s Camas house with a semi-automatic handgun. When Timmons arrived, the two men began to argue. Timmons pulled out his gun and a physical struggle ensued. Reed was able to wrestle the gun away from Timmons and hold him down until police arrived at the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Sgt. Scot Boyles said Timmons’ gun was loaded. Timmons told police that he has a concealed weapon permit and carries a gun with him regularly.

No shots were fired and no one was seriously injured, according to the CPD.

The two men, Boyles said, had never met prior to Monday’s incident.

Timmons was arrested and booked at the Clark County Jail for first-degree assault.