Two guns were confiscated after a car’s tire was shot and flattened during a road rage incident in West Seattle on Tuesday.
Police were called to West Marginal Way Southwest and Southwest Spokane Street around 4:50 p.m. after occupants of two vehicles – a Honda and a Subaru, each with a male driver and a female passenger inside – called 911.
Police said the accounts of what happened differed between the cars, as did several witness accounts.
Investigators said they believe the events happened as follows:
The driver of the Honda and the driver of the Subaru got into a windows-down argument about merging while driving south on SR 99.
The driver of the Subaru was said to have spat on the passenger of the Honda.
The drivers then headed westbound, crossed the lower West Seattle Bridge, and came to a stop at a light at West Marginal Way Southwest and Southwest Spokane Street.
At that point, police said the driver and passenger of the Honda got out of their car and began banging on the windows of the Subaru.
The Honda driver then allegedly punched the Subaru driver through the Subaru’s open window. When the driver of the Subaru tried to leave, he hit the Honda with his car. The driver of the Honda also said he was hit by the Subaru and was afraid he would be pinned between the two cars.
Police said it was for that reason that the Honda’s driver and passenger told officers they both shot at the Subaru, flattening a rear passenger-side tire.
However, the driver of the Subaru said he and his passenger were already driving away when the shots were fired.
Both drivers declined to be treated by medics at the scene.
Police said the driver and passenger of the Honda both had valid concealed carry licenses and surrendered their guns as evidence.
Detectives interviewed witnesses, documented the scene, and will continue to investigate.
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