Charges filed in Federal Way road rage shooting

From staff reports:

King County prosecutors filed assault charges against a man accused of shooting a driver in a road rage incident at a Federal Way intersection.

Justin R. McCleod, a 32-year-old Shoreline resident, will be arraigned on Oct. 3 on charges of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm (first degree) for allegedly shooting Josh Deraitus, a 31-year-old Auburn resident, in the head on Jan. 2. Deraitus ultimately lost his left eye as a result of the incident.

McCleod has been in custody on other charges since February, and his bail is set at $500,000. His arraignment will be held at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

In January, the victim told Federal Way police the vehicle allegedly driven by McCleod had been tailgating him. The victim believes he may have cut off the vehicle while it was exiting the parking lot on the west side of Military Road, just south of 288th Street. The victim said he was stopped at the intersection of Military Road South and South 304th Street when the suspect approached the victim's vehicle on the passenger side in the right-turn lane and fired the shot. The suspect's vehicle fled southbound on Military Road.

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