Transition-home caregiver hears noise, finds damage

Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrested an Aloha man after a bullet from a rifle he allegedly fired from his home apparently penetrated the wall of a neighboring adult-transition home on Tuesday.

Allan Baku, 47, who resides in the 4400 block of Southwest 185th Avenue in Aloha, was arrested Saturday at home and transported to the Washington County Jail. He faces allegations of recklessly endangering another person, tampering with evidence and third-degree criminal mischief.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, a caregiver at the transition home - a halfway house for patients with mental impairments - heard glass break in the house, said Sgt. David Thompson, sheriff's office spokesman. The caregiver found a ceiling light fixture broken in one of the bedrooms but didn't know what caused it to break until the next day when he discovered a bullet hole in the bedroom wall.

Sheriff's deputies were called to investigate the bullet hole and determined the shot likely came from Baku's residence. Investigators visited the house and saw an area on the side of the house that appeared to have been recently patched and painted. The location of the patch job was consistent with the place the bullet would have exited the house.

Deputies attempted to contact the neighbor, but he was not home. Deputies attempted to interview Mr. Baku, but they were not able contact him until Saturday afternoon when they found him at home, Thompson said.

Telling them he recently purchased an AR-15 rifle, Baku said he did not know very much about the weapon and was messing around with it in his house. He said he accidently discharged a round that went through the wall of his house.

Baku said he went outside to look where the bullet had gone and saw it passed completely through the wall. However, he did not go to the neighbor's house to see if anyone was hurt.

Baku said he was frightened by the incident and decided to return the rifle to the store.

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