Federal Way dad was on way to see baby when killed in possible road rage shooting


FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Family members say the victim of an apparent road-rage shooting in Federal Way was a 32-year-old father on his way to see his wife and newborn son in a hospital.

Our news partner The Seattle Times reports that Dennis Sloboda fled to his brother Anton’s apartment Monday night and reported that he had cut someone off while driving. The other driver reportedly pulled out a gun, then followed him to the apartment.

Anton Sloboda said his brother asked him for a gun, which he did not provide, and then the pair waited inside until they figured the man had left. Dennis Sloboda then departed for the hospital, but his wife told Anton he never made it.

Instead, police say nearby residents reported gunshots around 10:30 p.m. and responding officers found Dennis Sloboda dead in his vehicle.

Police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock says investigators believe the victim was involved in "some type of road-rage incident" but the case remains under investigation. They have not released a suspect or vehicle description.

Officers had closed SW Hoyt Rd. would remain Tuesday morning during the investigation between SW 320th and 340th.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or submit an anonymous tip online.