SEATTLE - Seattle police officers said they arrested a man in the International District Friday who fired a flare gun at another man and then tried to attack him with a machete.
Around 8:15 p.m. Friday, a bus tunnel security guard flagged down a Seattle police officer near Sixth Avenue and King Street to report that he heard a gunshot nearby.
The officer found two men at the location who were fighting on the ground in the middle of the road.
After breaking up the brawl, the officer noticed that one of the men had a bottle of whiskey and a machete tucked in his pants, investigators said.
The officer took the man’s machete and handcuffed him. Officers said they also recovered a flare gun nearby.
The victim told officers he was walking north on King Street when a man walked up behind him and, without saying a word, fired a flare gun at the back of his head.
The flare grazed the victim’s jaw, severely burning him. The victim then turned around and began fighting his attacker.
The victim told police the man had been trying to grab his machete out of his pants when officers arrived. The victim also said he only knew the man “in passing.”
Officers arrested the man who had the machete, who smelled strongly of alcohol, and booked him into the King County Jail on assault charges.