LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Troopers are investigating a shooting that happened on southbound I-5 near Bridgeport Way on Wednesday afternoon in Lakewood.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Ryan Burke said the shooting started inside a car and involved a woman who was driving and a man who was a passenger.
Troopers said the man fired a shot through his hand and the bullet went through the woman’s leg.
The driver got out of the car and then walked north on the shoulder, where she was met by witnesses who helped her, Burke said. She was taken to the hospital.
Meanwhile, a trooper passing through the area contacted the man who walked away from the car with the gun in his hand.
Burke said the shooter pointed a gun toward the trooper and then pointed it toward himself.
When the trooper saw the gun was jammed, he approached the man and grabbed the gun, throwing it to the ground, Burke said.
The trooper and the man ended up on the ground. The suspect was taken into custody and then taken to the hospital for treatment.
The trooper suffered cuts and scrapes while taking the man down.
Just before he was taken into custody, the suspect told the trooper he didn’t want to go back to jail.
The trooper who wrestled the gun away just happened to be passing through and was not assigned to the district, officials said.
The shooting caused major backups along I-5 in both directions, and drivers were urged to use different routes.
It is still unclear what led to the shooting inside the vehicle, but troopers are investigating.