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Man accused of bringing stun gun, rifle to fist fight involving teens, is charged with multiple counts of assault

UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

A 20-year-old man was arrested over the weekend under suspicion of shocking a 16-year-old girl with a stun gun and pointing a gun at several people during a late-night brawl Saturday at Meadow Ridge Elementary School in Mead.

Tavion Lewis faces five counts of second-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree assault and a charge of obstruction after Spokane County sheriff’s deputies say he barged into a “prearranged mutual combat altercation” armed with a pink stun gun and rifle, arrest records say. He later fled from deputies by jumping out of a window.

Superior Court Commissioner John Stine set bail at $20,000 Monday afternoon.

Court records say Lewis attacked the 16-year-old girl about 11 p.m. Saturday after the girl and another girl were involved in a “prearranged” fight at the school at 15601 N. Freya St.

At the fight’s conclusion, the girl who is not the victim left the school, returning with “two additional females and two additional males,” Deputy Garrett Spencer wrote in a search warrant filed Monday.

One of the men was reportedly Lewis. Before an alleged gun was involved, the victim was “jumped” by the group, and later shocked with a stun gun numerous times in the hand, back and arm by Lewis, Spencer said in the warrant. She was not seriously injured.

Cpl. Mark Gregory, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, said the brawl involved multiple underage people, some acting in defense of the victim.

Several witnesses said Lewis then grabbed a scoped rifle from his vehicle and pointed it at the girl and four others. One witness told a deputy he believed Lewis was “locked on” and ready to shoot, but did not fire the weapon.

Spencer’s report said Lewis’ arrest records show deputies were unable to locate a firearm but did find the VIPERTEK brand stun gun in a bedroom drawer at his mother’s apartment, next to “court documents bearing Tavion’s name and information.”

Once the altercation ended, Lewis apparently left the scene and went home, to 3304 N. Lincoln St., records say. When Spencer arrived, he was told by Lewis’ mother, identified as Brandalyn Marshall in court records, that Lewis wasn’t home and was instead at his girlfriend’s house.

After checking her house and learning from the girl’s parents neither she nor Lewis were home, he went back to the Marshall residence, records say. Marshall told Spencer she would check the residence, then closed and locked the front door.

“A few moments later, Tavion fled from an open window to the residence,” Spencer wrote.

Lewis was arrested after a short foot chase. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail a little before 6 a.m. Sunday. Lewis’ girlfriend told deputies the rifle was a pellet rifle.

Gregory said the investigation is ongoing. Additional charges could be forthcoming for others involved in the altercation.

“We’re going to continue to follow up on this,” he said.

Lewis, according to court records, has accrued five felony cases since 2016, with charges including burglary, robbery, theft and assault.

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