Centralia Man Charged After Alleged Threat With Gun Over Property Dispute

By The Chronicle

A Centralia man was charged Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court after he was allegedly caught on security video pulling a pistol on a neighbor over a property dispute.

Corey L. Moran, 41, of Centralia, was charged with second-degree assault.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh asked for $100,000 bail, citing the involvement of a firearm and the nature of the charge.

Moran has no criminal history.

Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee imposed $50,000 bail.

According to court documents, a deputy with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday to an address in the 400 block of Reinke Road east of Centralia after receiving a report of a dispute with a firearm.

A man reported he was working on a shared easement when Moran came out of his residence and confronted him, then threatened him with a firearm.

Moran reported the alleged victim threatened him with a rake. He offered to prove his assertion by showing deputies footage from his security system.

According to court documents, the video showed the alleged victim “briefly pointed the handle at Moran” while backing away before Moran reached for his gun.

However, at his first court appearance Thursday, Moran continued to assert that his neighbor threatened him with the rake and had harassed him in the past.

“The guy assaulted me with a rake, that’s the only reason I pulled a gun,” he said.