A Pierce County man wanted for allegedly firing a gun in a moving car with his three young children in the backseat was arraigned Thursday.
Mathew Weaver, 37, is charged with second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of violating a domestic violence court order and resisting arrest.
A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and Superior Court Judge Katherine Stolz set bail at $500,000.
Weaver was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Pierce County Jail. Sheriff’s deputies had been looking for him since Aug. 31, when he checked out of a hospital without notifying detectives as he was supposed to. He was treated for a dog bite after a K-9 unit helped with his initial arrest in a wooded area of the county.
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A revolver and unopened cans of beer were found nearby.
The mother of Weaver’s children called 911 on Aug. 18 to report he assaulted her as she drove the family on a camping trip.
She has a protection order against him, but she agreed to go camping with their children.
According to charging papers, Weaver became upset as the woman drove and smashed a coffee mug on her face before firing a gun several times out the window and into the car roof near the woman’s head.
Their children, ages 2, 4 and 9, were in the car at the time. The woman drove to a family member’s house and Weaver fled.