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Bail for Battle Ground man set at $750K in domestic violence drive-by shooting

Judge also orders GPS monitoring in alleged shooting at former girlfriend’s house

By , Columbian staff reporter

A Battle Ground man is accused of shooting at his former girlfriend’s vehicle in the driveway of her house, shortly after she and her four children had gone inside.

Zachary M. Foulke, 27, appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts of second-degree domestic violence assault and one count each of drive-by shooting, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree malicious mischief and possession of a stolen firearm.

Judge Robert Lewis set Foulke’s bail at $750,000 and ordered he be subject to GPS monitoring — for domestic violence defendants who are released pending trial. He is scheduled to be arraigned April 26, court records show.

According to court records, the victim reported she is afraid Foulke will attack her if he is released from jail, and she requested the GPS monitoring. A danger assessment found Foulke poses an “extreme risk” to the woman, with a score of 20 on a scale of 1 to 18.

Court records state the alleged incident occurred between the nights of March 21 and 22.

A neighbor had reported a disturbance at a house in the 2900 block of Northwest 16th Street in Battle Ground. The neighbor said Foulke pointed a gun at the front door of the house, where his former girlfriend and her children had entered shortly before. Foulke then fired three shots at the woman’s SUV, according to a probable cause affidavit. Foulke drove away from the house afterward.

Two other neighbors reported hearing the shooting. Officers later recovered three spent shell casings from the woman’s vehicle, the affidavit states.

The woman said she feared for her and her children’s safety, so they left to stay with a friend. Officers said Foulke was seen returning to the house a few hours after they left, according to court records.

Foulke was involved in a car crash March 24 in Portland, and police said he could be seen on surveillance footage trying to hide a handgun with a partially loaded magazine. Portland police seized the gun, which returned as stolen out of Vancouver, the affidavit states.

The woman also reported that between March 28 and March 30, Foulke strangled her and swung a machete at her inside her house. She said Foulke was upset he lost his gun after the Portland crash. She told police he has also threatened to kill her multiple times and said his violence is usually connected to fentanyl and methamphetamine use, according to the affidavit.

On March 30, Foulke was arrested for allegations of assaulting a different girlfriend, who was pregnant, according to court records. It is unclear if he was charged in connection with that incident.

Investigators said Foulke has criminal history, which includes domestic violence convictions that prohibit him from possessing firearms. He has also reportedly said he is affiliated with the Crips gang, according to the affidavit.