EPHRATA – Corey L. Minatani survived being shot by a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy and pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault.
The 39-year-old Moses Lake man is facing charges of assault in the first degree-domestic violence and assault in the first degree-armed with a deadly weapon (not a firearm), according to Grant County Superior Court records.
Minatani and his wife were in the process of a divorce and continued sharing a home on Crestview Drive, south of Moses Lake, according to court documents. The couple is in the National Guard and practice martial arts.
The victim reportedly told police they had returned from two weeks of service for the National Guard and Minatani drove to Port Orchard to retrieve their children. When he returned to their home on Aug. 21, Minatani allegedly found his estranged wife with a man from their National Guard unit. He reportedly told the man to leave and when he was gone, grabbed two knives and threatened the victim.
Minatani is accused of cutting both of the woman’s hands and pushing on her eyes with his thumbs during the assault, according to police reports. She was allegedly able to break free and flee the home. Their son reportedly called 9-1-1 and the woman met Deputy Cpl. Allan Sleeper outside of the home.
The deputy reported to investigators that he toke the woman to his patrol car and was told by their son that Minatani was a martial arts expert. The deputy reportedly found Minatani in a bedroom, where he told the officer he was armed and was not going to put down his weapons.
Sleeper claims Minatani came out of the bedroom with a knife and a large sharp serving fork. Minatani reportedly advanced on the deputy, ignoring repeated commands to drop the weapons. When Minatani allegedly looked like he was going to lunge toward the deputy, the deputy fired his pistol once and struck Minatani in the upper right area of the chest from five to seven feet away, according to court records.
“(Minatani) told us he wanted to make the deputy shoot him, and said he ‘charged’ the deputy with a weapon in his hands,” wrote a police investigator.
Minatani was reportedly knocked down by the shot and Sleeper kept his pistol aimed at him until more police arrived to arrest the suspect, according to court records.
Minatani was taken to Samaritan Hospital and then flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane to be treated for the gunshot.