Courtesy of King County Superior Court
Crime scene photo shows the Nissan Versa driven by Travis Zimmerman, a newspaper carrier who was shot by Daniel McLaughlin in May 2019.

Courtesy of King County Superior Court Crime scene photo shows the Nissan Versa driven by Travis Zimmerman, a newspaper carrier who was shot by Daniel McLaughlin in May 2019.

Federal Way man found not guilty in shooting of newspaper delivery man

Jury found McLaughlin acted in self defense.

A Federal Way man charged with first-degree assault after shooting a newspaper delivery driver five times was found not guilty.

According to prosecutors, then-30-year-old Daniel Morgan McLaughlin allegedly shot the unarmed victim — 39-year-old Travis Zimmerman — after following him as he delivered newspapers in the Twin Lakes area at approximately 3 a.m. May 25, 2019, in the 31600 block of 37th Ave. SW.

On March 5, 2020, a jury found McLaughlin not guilty.

The Mirror previously reported the unarmed newspaper delivery man, Zimmerman, noticed McLaughlin following him and had attempted to block the man’s car. Zimmerman walked over to McLaughlin with a newspaper in hand, and “the defendant [McLaughlin], without a word to the victim, pulled his gun out and pointed at the victim’s face and fired … the victim was shocked and turned and ran away.”

According to charging documents, as Zimmerman ran, McLaughlin allegedly continued to fire, shooting the victim at close range in his back, lower abdomen, buttocks and legs.

During a subsequent interview with McLaughlin, he confessed to his involvement in the incident. He told police he “should have contacted you guys earlier,” according to charging documents. He also told police that Zimmerman was following him.

McLaughlin said he was driving around in the neighborhood when a man started yelling at him and followed him. He said he crossed paths with Zimmerman, who accused McLaughlin of following him, exited his vehicle and walked towards McLaughlin’s vehicle. He said Zimmerman tried to open his door and pull him out of his truck, so McLaughlin took his pistol out, fired three rounds then quickly drove away.

According to court documents, no fingerprints were found on or in McLaughlin’s vehicle.

However, McLaughlin said he acted out of self-defense in a road rage incident. McLaughlin also told the Mirror he has no prior criminal record or mental health issues.

“I have never used heroin or opiates. At the time of the incident I had a prescription for Oxycodone after recent hip surgery,” he said. “I don’t know how this information became part of the case as I had stopped taking it prior to the incident.”


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

Crime scene photo shows the Nissan Versa driven by Travis Zimmerman, a newspaper carrier who was shot by Daniel McLaughlin in May 2019. Courtesy of King County Superior Court.

More in News

The inside of Sound Transit’s light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in South Seattle. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit
Sound Transit issues draft environmental impact statement for light rail facility

Operations and Maintenance Facility South to be built in Kent or Federal Way; public comment begins

File photo
Photo courtesy of Federal Way Public Schools
Over 1 million meals provided to FW students

In late February, the Federal Way Public Schools district hit the mark… Continue reading

File photo
Pedestrian hit by car while crossing against signal | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Feb. 25- March 2.

Mayor Jim Ferrell pictured in Nov. 2020. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Federal Way Mayor seeking re-election

Jim Ferrell has served as mayor since 2014.

Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo
Encouraging numbers for kokanee salmon spawn count

Lake Sammamish kokanee aren’t out of the woods by any stretch, but… Continue reading

In this file photo, Tayshon Cottrell dons his graduation cap and gown, along with a face mask reading: “Wear it! Save America” at Todd Beamer High School’s virtual graduation walk recording on May 20, 2020, in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Law gives Washington high school seniors leeway to graduate

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that can waive some requirements for students who were on track before the pandemic.

File photo
Study shows Washingtonians exceeded ‘heavy drinking’ threshold in 2020

The survey suggests Washingtonians drank more than 17 alcoholic beverages a week on average.

Most Read