Buckley man arrested; officers find IEDs and loaded rifle

Police were called when Donald Andrew Linder shot at his neighbors house with a pellet gun. He’s being held on no bail pending a competency evaluation.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported the confiscated rifle barrel length as 26 inches. The barrel length is eight inches, with an overall length of 26 inches. The article has been updated.

Buckley resident Donald Andrew Linder was arrested March 20 after allegedly shooting at a neighbor’s house and possessing improvised explosive devices.

According to court documents, Pierce County deputies were called out to unincorporated Buckley to a report that Linder, a.k.a Jason Arron Andrews, shot at a neighbor’s house.

Although one resident was home at the time, no one was injured, in part because deputies found pellets — not bullets or casings — in the siding of the house.

Witnesses told deputies that the shooting has become a regular issue, and one added that Linder showed her what appeared to be “black and had round marble sized round things” that she believed were explosive devices.

Deputies then contacted Linder by phone, who told them he was fine and nothing was going on, though Linder added that his neighbors were trying to “microwave” him, among other things that were incoherent.

Linder agreed to meet deputies outside, where he was detained while a search warrant was being processed.

While searching his home, deputies found multiple pellet guns and a loaded AR-15 rifle with a 8-inch barrel. The serial number of the firearm was painted over.

Public Safety Bomb Technicians also searched the home and recovered 14 CO2 cartridges with green wiring.

The cartridges appeared to be originally used for air guns, but had been converted into improvised explosive devices known commonly as “crickets”, which are typically filled with low explosive materials.

“It’s not going to blow up a house, but you could blow your hand off,” said Pierce County Sheriff’s Office PIO Darren Moss.

Some of the IEDs were empty, but others were filled with what seemed to be gunpowder or flash powder and additional fragmentation.

Another two devices were discovered shortly later.

Linder has been charged with unlawful possession of an incendiary device, unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle, unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree, and malicious mischief in the third degree.

He is being held with no bail pending a competency evaluation.