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Tue., Sept. 20, 2011, 10 a.m.

Gunfire ‘just because’ leads to arrest

A young father arrested on a drug charge last month was arrested again Friday after allegedly firing a gun in Spokane Valley.

No one was injured by the gunshot, which Benjamin Marcus Crocker-Beck, 21, told deputies he'd fired "just because," according to a probable cause affidavit.

Deputies were called to the 100 block of South Tschirley Road about 7:45 p.m. Friday after a man heard a gunshot and saw Crocker-Beck walking in the area.

Deputies found Crocker-Beck with a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun in his front waistband. The gun's serial number was filed off.

Crocker-Beck has previous felony convictions that prohibit him from possessing firearms.

Crocker-Beck's arrest on gun charges came just one day after prosecutors filed a drug charge against him related to a search in August in which people were found smoking Oxycodone in the presence of Crocker-Beck’s 1-month-old child, accoridng to police.

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