• Man wanted for pointing gun at dog walker, wife, deputies say

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    CLALLAM COUNTY, Wash. - Clallam County deputies are looking for a man they say pointed a gun at a dog walker and his wife Tuesday.

    The incident happened at 5 p.m., when a man was walking his dog in the 2800 block of East Myrtle Street in an unincorporated area of Clallam County, just east of Port Angeles.

    During his walk, the man saw a couple walking in the area, and the man was yelling at the woman.  When the victim saw the couple walking toward a home where he knew they didn’t belong, he said something to them.

    According to police, the man then confronted the dog walker, told him to mind his own business and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the dog walker's head. During the altercation, the dog walker's wife drove past the incident to see what was going on, and the suspect pointed the handgun at her as well, police said.

    The dog walker’s wife said she recognized the man as 40-year-old Toka John Lavacca, who is a transient but is staying at homes in the area.

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    Deputies said the dog walker and his wife were unhurt but were very shaken by what happened.

    Port Angeles officers conducted a K-9 track for the suspect while Washington State Patrol troopers helped deputies set up a perimeter.

    The woman who was walking with Lavacca was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant, but Lavacca remains at large.

    Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

    Lavacca is described as white, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 155 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

    Anyone who has information on his whereabouts or sees him is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 360- 417-2459 or in the case of an emergency, 911.

    Lavacca's criminal history includes convictions for burglary and misdemeanor assaults.

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