Portland man gets seven years in shooting at Motel 6

He fired at but missed victim, court records say

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter

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A Portland man who shot at another man at a Vancouver motel in December was sentenced Monday to more than seven years in prison.

Kristopher M. Turner, 24, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with the Dec. 26 shooting at Motel 6. He was originally facing attempted first-degree murder but that charge was amended as part of a plea deal.

Turner was arrested in January on a warrant in connection with the shooting.

Vancouver police were called about 2:25 a.m. to the motel at 221 N.E. Chkalov Drive for a report of a gunshot heard on the premises. The night manager said she heard a single gunshot from above the manager’s office, looked outside and saw a man, later identified as the victim, Ronnie Wynn, walk to the parking lot and then return to the room, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police contacted Wynn and his wife inside the room. Wynn said he came there to see his wife, but when he arrived, he found Turner inside the room. Turner confronted Wynn and pointed a semiautomatic handgun at his head, the affidavit said.

Turner tried to fire at him twice, Wynn said, though the handgun didn’t actually fire the first time. Wynn said Turner tried again, and he ducked as a single round missed him. He then ran away, the court document states.

Wynn’s wife told police she rented the room for Turner and that the two men fought. She ran from the room, she said, after Turner fired the handgun at Wynn, court records said.

On Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson said that although there was surveillance video of Turner with a firearm, none of the witnesses to the shooting wanted to be part of the case.

Judge Robert Lewis followed the attorneys’ previously agreed upon sentencing recommendation of 87 months in prison. Turner will also serve 18 months of community custody.