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Man accused of killing neighbor over paintball gun gets bond

A preliminary hearing for Timothy Tarr, left, accused of killing Alcides Ruben Washington of Columbus on Tuesday, was continued until Tuesday because a police officer who was needed to testify was not available.
A preliminary hearing for Timothy Tarr, left, accused of killing Alcides Ruben Washington of Columbus on Tuesday, was continued until Tuesday because a police officer who was needed to testify was not available. mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

The Columbus man who fatally shot his Stone Creek Court neighbor in a May 24 dispute over a paintball gun has been given bonds totaling $250,000.

But if Timothy Tarr gets out of jail, he’ll have to move away, because one condition Judge Frank Jordan Jr. set on Tarr’s release from jail was that he not only stay away from the victim’s family across the street, but that he stay away from the street itself, said his attorney, Jennifer Curry.

So if he gets out of jail and goes home, he will violate the terms of his release by being on the street, she said.

He’s charged with murder in the death of Alcides Ruben Washington, whom Tarr shot in the right eye with a .45-caliber pistol outside Tarr’s 6736 Stone Creek Court after telling Washington to stop firing a paintball gun at Tarr’s home firing range.

Witnesses said Washington was visiting Tarr to help build a storage shed, and started playing with Tarr’s paintball gun, firing so many paintballs that Tarr and Tarr’s wife got annoyed and told him to stop.

A military police officer for 34 years, Tarr had a .45-caliber pistol in a holster on his right side. Witnesses said he drew the gun and pointed it at Washington to compel his neighbor to stop shooting paintballs.

Washington turned toward Tarr “with the paintball gun in his hands in an aggressive motion,” and Tarr shot him, Detective Brad Hall testified during Tarr’s May 31 hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

“Mr. Tarr did not realize that he fired the pistol and struck Mr. Washington until Mr. Tarr saw Mr. Washington fall to the ground,” Hall said. “After the shooting, Mr. Tarr unloaded his .45 pistol and placed it on the table located near Mr. Washington.”

Curry said the shooting was unintentional, and Tarr remains distraught over it.

Besides murder, Tarr is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of using a firearm to commit a crime.

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