Deputies: Road rage suspect arrested after ramming vehicle, firing shots

Deputies: Road rage suspect arrested after ramming vehicle, firing shots
(Pierce County Sheriff's Department)

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A 28-year-old man suspected of ramming a teenage driver’s car multiple times and firing shots at his vehicle was arrested, Pierce County deputies said.

Officials said deputies assigned to Edgewood responded about 12:01 a.m. to a call about shots being fired at a car on 36th Street East.

The teenage victim reported that a speeding pickup truck pulled up behind him. And as he changed lanes, the truck followed and rear-ended him six times, including once in the victim’s driveway, deputies said.

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Deputies said the teenager told them that the driver got out of his truck and was holding a rifle. He fired multiple shots at the teenager’s car as he tried to drive away, striking a tire.

Deputies said in their search for the truck, they found it on northbound Meridian and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver sped off, hitting speeds of 80 mph. Eventually, the man pulled into a driveway and got out the truck with his hands in the air and shouted for deputies to shoot him.

As the driver walked toward deputies and police, ignoring their commands to get on the ground, a deputy and an officer tased the man. He dropped to the ground and was arrested, authorities said.

Deputies said they saw a rifle in the truck and multiple rifle cases behind the driver’s seat.

The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of assault in the first-degree and felony eluding.

On Wednesday, deputies said they recovered two rifles, one air rifle and two boxes of ammunition and magazines for the rifles after getting a search warrant.