Police: Man was shot at while serving papers

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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An Amboy man is accused of shooting at a man who was serving him with legal papers Sunday.

Jason R. Baird, 32, appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree assault. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Friday.

Judge John Nichols held him on $25,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Bob Yoseph to defend him.

When the victim, Steven Peterson, served Baird with legal papers at Baird's residence in the 25000 block of Northeast Fern Drive, Baird allegedly confronted Peterson with a .22 caliber pistol. He fired the weapon at least three times in Peterson's direction "with the intent to intimidate Peterson," according to a court affidavit. None of the bullets struck Peterson.

Clark County District Court records indicate that Columbia Collectors Inc. filed a small claims suit against Baird and his wife, Jessica, on Feb. 12 related to a medical debt. The collection company asks for a payment totaling nearly $1,419, plus interest, to be divided accordingly among Columbia Anesthesia Group, Vancouver Clinic, Rebound & Neurosurgical Specialists, registered nurse Julie Blomdahl and Southwest Washington Regional Surgery.

Court records indicate Baird reports having knee and shoulder problems, though it's unclear whether those are related to the medical bills.