Police: Family’s trip to shooting range cut short after dad pulls gun on another driver
SEATTLE — Police arrested a man, who claimed he was on his way to a shooting range to celebrate his son’s birthday, for allegedly pulling a gun on another man during a road rage incident.
According to Seattle police, a driver flagged down an officer around 1 p.m. Tuesday near 4th Avenue and Holgate Street.
The man told officers it all started when he was stopped next to a Ford Expedition at a red light on 1st Avenue and South Lander Street. He said when the light turned green, a third car blew through the intersection cutting off the victim and the Expedition.
The victim honked at the third car as it drove away. He said just moments later the driver of the Expedition pulled next to the victim and flashed a handgun.
The victim then pulled behind the Expedition and drove through SODO to a parking lot at 1st Avenue and Holgate.
He said the other driver got out of his SUV, and walked toward the victim while holding the gun. The victim said he then drove away and that’s when he spotted the police officer.
The driver of the Expedition was found nearby at 18th Avenue South and South McLellan Street. His wife and child were in the car. He told officers the victim was driving aggressively and tried to ram his SUV, and he repeatedly told officer he was scared for his life.
Detectives said the man did not indicate why he got out of his car and confronted the victim.
Officers arrested the driver and booked him into King County Jail for harassment and unlawful use of weapons.