SK pair arrested, charged with slingshot attacks on vehicles

Port Orchard police arrested a pair of South Kitsap men on Aug. 28 in connection with damages inflicted on two vehicles — including a police car — with steel hunting shot fired from a slingshot.

Officers responded at around 10:26 p.m. to a report that a 2008 Lexus RX350 had been struck by a projectile that appeared to have come from the intersection of McCormick Woods Drive and Troom Street, across the street from Mary Mac Drive.

“It looked as if the impact was so hard that it almost penetrated the door” under the front passenger’s window, the police report said.

Upon arrival, officers said they heard a loud sound they determined was something striking their own police cruiser.

During a search of the nearby woods, investigators discovered two men, as well as a slingshot and a box of steel hunting shot.

The suspects were taken into custody and identified as Christopher R. Jordan and Brandon G. Werdner, both 24.

Jordan and Werdner were booked on two counts of reckless endangerment because the shootings “created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury” to the owners of the Lexus.

The two were also charged on two counts of malicious mischief for creating “a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to an officer” and creating “a substantial risk of interruption of service to the public by physically damaging an emergency vehicle.”

Their bail was set at $50,000 apiece.

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