Homeless man accused in Airsoft assault in parking lot of Oak Harbor Safeway

A homeless man with possible mental health problems is accused of shooting a man with an Airsoft pistol in Oak Harbor, according to court documents.

Oak Harbor police responded to a report Aug. 17 that someone had pulled a gun during a confrontation in the Safeway parking lot.

The alleged victim and a witness told police that Brian Torres, 38, became upset after someone took a speaker off of his bike and he confronted two men.

Torres pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot the men in the eyes, according to the police report. Torres then hit one of the men in the back of the head with a gun and shot him in the leg, the report states.

The victim said it wasn’t until he was shot that he realized the pistol was an Airsoft gun, which shoots plastic pellets.

The other man also said he was afraid he was going to be killed.

The officer wrote in his report that Torres is a transient and has escalated in his violent behavior. He requested that Torres receive a mental health evaluation.

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