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Metro bus driver shot at point-blank range: ‘It was quite an ordeal’

SEATTLE — Just one day after a bus driver was shot twice in downtown Seattle, he was miraculously out of the hospital and in good spirits.

dupuisDeLoy Dupuis, 64, is tired but made a brief statement at his home in Pierce County.

“I’m OK physically, I’ll heal really quick,” Dupuis said. “It was quite an ordeal.”

Dupuis’ wife, Shelley Coleman, said her husband has worked at King County Metro for 15 years.

And while the couple had shared concerns about safety on the bus, Coleman actually thought Dupuis would be safer working the day shift. His schedule had just changed after a long stint on the night shift.

And even though Dupuis is OK physically, his wife says her husband will be forever changed.

“It’s affected him,” said Coleman. “I think the words he used this morning, he was terrified, you know. And all he could think about was where he could move to get out of the range of the gun. It was very close to him. It was just inches out of his reach and he was dodging bullets, literally.”

Coleman said Tuesday was busy for her husband with visits to doctors, but he also made a brief appearance at work so he could speak with his co-workers.

When asked if Dupuis would go back to work after all of this, Coleman said they’re not even close to making a decision on that yet.

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4 Comments to “Metro bus driver shot at point-blank range: ‘It was quite an ordeal’”

    sutin2say said:
    August 13, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    "…It was just inches out of his reach and he was dodging bullets, literally,” said Coleman. So you learned something from watching that movie the Matrix. Glad to hear you're going to be alright.

    John Fuller said:
    August 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    All in a days work… Must be nice being on paid leave.

    Spudrick said:
    August 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Seattle keeps inviting more and more "homeless" people to the city. Most of them have no desire to be productive members of society and know Seattle as, "Freeattle". As a long time veteran ff/paramedic with SFD I know this to be true because multiple new "residents" have told me that's why they moved here while I'm transporting them to the hospital…for free. The sooner we stop trying to increase our indigent population the sooner our crime rate will go down.

    Joe said:
    August 14, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    My comment was removed?

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