A 19-year-old male suspect attacked a 47-year-old man in a road rage incident Thursday afternoon, with multiple shots fired and no injuries.
The two men had an altercation while driving near Juanita Drive Northeast when the suspect brandished a “machete type sword” out the window, according to a Kirkland Police Department press release. Both cars turned onto 76th Place Northeast, where the suspect suddenly stopped his vehicle near Northeast 116th Street and exited toward the victim with the machete.
The victim pulled his concealed carry pistol and shot toward the ground at the suspect’s feet to get him to stop, the release states. The suspect then fled onto 73rd Place Northeast. The victim called 911 and was on the phone with the dispatcher when the suspect returned in his vehicle, driving toward the victim.
The suspect got out of his vehicle armed with a rifle and then fired at the victim, narrowly missing. According to the release, the victim returned fire before the suspect fled again in his vehicle but not before the victim was able to read his license plate number. The victim then drove to a nearby location to wait for Kirkland police to arrive.
Police identified the suspect and he was taken into custody without further incident a short time later, according to the release. All weapons were located and recovered. The victim and suspect are Kirkland residents according to police and felony charges will be filed against the suspect.
KPD recommends that if drivers are involved in a road rage incident with another driver, they should try and disengage if possible, even if it means altering their route. People should call 911 and not respond with gestures or yelling as it will likely escalate the situation.
“It may be nothing to you,” KPD wrote in the press release, “but road rage drivers are willing to place themselves and others at risk during these encounters sometimes with tragic results. The most important thing is for you to reach your destination safely.”