Threats and shots fired at a Tacoma apartment complex

It got a little out of hand with drunken driving, threats and shots fired.

The Aug. 15 incident at a Tacoma apartment complex ended up with Nicholas Martin, 44, charged with three counts of assault, felony harassment and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail.

According to charging papers:

Martin’s wife told Pierce County sheriff’s deputies the couple argued because he was driving under the influence. When he tried to leave in the couple’s Cadillac, she drove her SUV behind him to cut him off.

Martin allegedly got out of his car and began pounding on his wife’s car window, threatening her. She managed to grab his car keys and leave, soon returning with her son so they could drive both vehicles home.

When a man who lived in the complex told Martin he’d called 911 because of the disturbance, Martin pointed a pistol at the man’s face and threatened to kill him for interfering.

The resident ran into his apartment without being hurt.

Martin’s wife started driving out of the complex just as a deputy was pulling in. That’s when Martin fired two shots, prosecutors allege.

Witnesses “could not confirm which vehicle” – his wife’s or the deputy’s – “the defendant was shooting at because they were so close together,” records show.

The deputy ducked below the dashboard of his car and then pulled out his gun and ordered Martin onto the ground. Once taken into custody and placed into a patrol car, Martin allegedly tried to kick out the back window.

The deputy and a Tacoma police officer “hobbled (Martin) with a cord” as he spat and yelled derogatory comments, the court documents state.