Bothell man charged with pulling gun on woman during Kirkland road-rage incident
By MATT PHELPS
Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor
April 19, 2012 · Updated 5:48 PM
A Bothell man who pulled out a gun during a road-rage incident in Kirkland has been charged with second-degree assault.
The man is out of custody after posting a $100,000 bond for the incident that took place on April 10.
The victim claims that Phillip W. Baxter, 64, of Bothell pulled his red Acura Integra in front of the woman in the 14000 block of 100th Avenue Northeast in Juanita at about 7:15 a.m. The woman claims that the car was driving at a speed of 15 mph in a 35-mph zone.
She admitted to following Baxter closely as she believed he would speed up to the posted speed limit. But instead of speeding up, Baxter slammed on the brakes, forcing the woman into another lane to avoid hitting the car, and proceeded around the Acura, according to charging documents.
The woman continued southbound on 100th Avenue Northeast, eventually turning eastbound onto Northeast 132nd Street. When the woman stopped at the intersection of Northeast 132nd Street and 116th Way Northeast for a red light, Baxter pulled up beside her and both drivers rolled their windows down.
The two drivers began yelling at each other and Baxter “quickly” displayed a small black revolver, the documents continue. The woman told police that she believed the gun was in Baxter’s lap because of how fast he pulled it out.
“I am a cop, and I should tell that officer about you,” Baxter allegedly yelled at the woman.
The police investigation states that there was possibly a patrol car parked at a nearby fire station.
After showing the gun to the woman, Baxter then pointed it at her, according to charging documents.
The woman said that Baxter then shook it at her like someone “would shake their finger at someone that did something wrong.”
Baxter later told police that he has a hard time buckling his seat belt with the revolver holstered and leaves it on the passenger seat. He also told police that he saw something in the woman’s hand, and based on her erratic driving, he did not know what it was. When he realized that the object was a cell phone, he grabbed the gun and put it back in his holster.
She estimated that if Baxter had pulled the trigger, the bullet would have hit her in the upper chest or left shoulder.
She then recalled thinking to herself, “Please, God, don’t let him shoot me.”
A Washington State Patrol trooper later stopped Baxter based on the vehicle description and the woman’s report of the license-plate number.
A loaded black Taurus .38 caliber revolver was recovered in a holster on Baxter’s hip.
When asked to identify the man, the woman told police she was “300 percent sure,” he was the suspect.
Baxter’s arraignment is set for April 26 at King County Court.
Contact Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor Matt Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-822-9166 ext. 5052.