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News Release
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office - Man Arrested for Assault with Bow and Arrow - 03/24/20

At about 0319 hours of March 24th, 2020 Cowlitz County Deputies responded to a report of an assault that occurred in the 8500 block of Rose Valley Rd, Kelso.  Deputies interviewed a female subject who stated she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, Issac Donovan Jason Gabbard, age 47, of Kelso.  The female reported that when she went to Gabbard's trailer to retrieve her dog, Gabbard threw a bottle of bleach at her vehicle, breaking the windshield.  When the female got into her car and began backing out of the driveway, Gabbard reportedly approached with a compound bow and fired an arrow at her.  The arrow went through the open driver's door window, striking the female in the head.  A passenger in the vehicle stated he had to crouch in his seat, fearing he was going to be shot with the arrow.

Deputies noted the female was bleeding from a cut on the back of her head and her hair had been cut by the blades of the arrow.  The victim had been wearing a beanie at the time she was reportedly shot and stated the arrow ripped the beanie off her head.  Deputies observed that the beanie still had the arrow going through it.  The victim's hair and material from the beanie were stuck to the broadhead tip of the arrow.

Deputies responded to the scene on Rose Valley Rd and took Gabbard into custody.  Two compound bows were located at the scene.  Gabbard admitted to deputies that he had fired an arrow at the car, claiming he thought people in the car were going to get out and assault him.

Gabbard was booked into Cowlitz County Jail on charges of Assault 1st Degree - Domestic Violence, Assault 1st Degree (non-Domestic Violence) and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree - Domestic Violence.

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