Civil Case

Man Accused of Threatening Girlfriend With Gun Denies He Has Either

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

A Vancouver man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly threatening to kill a woman with a gun he is not legally allowed to possess. 

Rockford H. Lang, 37, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with harassment, threat to kill, and unlawful imprisonment — both domestic-violence offenses — and two additional counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. 

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh asked for $100,000 bail, citing the allegations involving weapons. 

“This is all a big misunderstanding,” Lang said in court. 

Defense attorney Rachael Tiller, representing Lang at his first hearing, asked for lower bail, noting that the alleged victim was in court. 

“I am told she very much so does not want this case pursued,” Tiller said. 

Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke imposed $50,000 bail, commenting on the alleged victim’s unwillingness to pursue charges.

“I’ve seen that a lot in my experience and that doesn’t always mean that’s the way things are going to work out,” she said. 

According to court documents, deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded Sunday to the 2200 block of state Route 6 after receiving a report of harassment by the alleged victim’s ex-husband, who was not a party to the incident. 

Deputies arrived and contacted Lang, who reportedly denied being in a domestic dispute, having a girlfriend or possessing a gun, according to court documents. 

Shortly after that, deputies reported hearing a woman, the alleged victim, yelling for help from Lang’s trailer. 

Deputies interviewed the woman, who reported that Lang became upset with her for using the phone, kicked her in the face and threatened to kill her with what she thought was a shotgun if she left the trailer. 

Deputies found two .22 caliber rifles in the trailer. Lang is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess guns. 

His next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday. 

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