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Police: Man with gun attacks city worker over hydrant color

CAMAS, WA (KPTV) -

A Camas man accused of attacking a city worker is facing a first-degree assault charge.

Police responded to calls of a disturbance with a weapon in the 1400 block of NE Dallas Street on Monday afternoon.

Witnesses reported seeing two men physically fighting and added that there was a gun lying nearby on the ground, police said.

When officers arrived, they found the men still fighting with each other in the yard of a home.

Once the men were separated, one was identified as a city water department employee and the other was identified as Steven W. Timmons, 54, of Camas, police said.

The investigation revealed that Timmons, who police said was drunk, became upset with the water department worker after a note was left on his house.

Earlier in the day, as part of his regular job duties, the employee was asked to contact the owners of the Timmons residence.

The problem started because Timmons had painted the fire hydrant in front of his house red instead of the yellow color all the other hydrants in the city are painted, police said.

No one was home when the worker stopped by, so he left a note at the house advising them of the problem and gave them suggestions on where to buy the proper colored paint.

Later in the day, Timmons became angry about the note and brought his handgun with him when he decided to confront the employee, police said.

When Timmons arrived at the worker's home, they began to argue, Timmons pulled out his gun and a struggle ensued, police said.

The employee managed to get  the gun and tossed it away with Timmons, officers told FOX 12.

The two men struggled until police arrived.

No shots were fired and no one was seriously hurt.

Timmons was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail.

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