The suspect in Saturday’s road rage shooting on I-5 near Federal Way has been taken into custody, according to Washington State Patrol.
The suspect was booked into King County Jail on investigation of first-degree assault before 6:45 p.m. June 15. Detectives also discovered the suspect is a civilian employee of the Seattle Police Department, according to a news release from WSP. The Mirror does not name suspects until they are charged.
Around 1 p.m. June 13, Washington State Patrol and South King Fire and Rescue personnel responded to reports of a shooting near the South 320th Street exit on Interstate 5. The victim is a 30-year-old man who was shot once in the abdomen.
The man’s wife and baby were also in the car, but they were not injured, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Van Cleave.
Detectives determined the suspect and the victim were involved in a road rage incident. The victim pulled to the right shoulder of the freeway with the intent to let the suspect pass and break contact, according to the state patrol.
Instead, the suspect pulled to the shoulder behind the victim as the victim exited his car to approach the suspect, WSP said.
The suspect retrieved a handgun from his glovebox, WSP said, and as the victim turned to walk away, the suspect shot him once in the abdomen. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious, but stable condition. The suspect fled the scene.
Detectives identified the suspect through vehicle registration and a photo montage, WSP said. A warrant for a Bellevue residence was obtained and served around 5:40 p.m. June 15.
Washington State Patrol is still seeking any witnesses to this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Todd Early at 425-401-7747 or Todd.Early@wsp.wa.gov