Contact: Lieutenant Rob Saloum
Kirkland Police Department
KIRKLAND, Wash – Just after 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, Kirkland Police responded to a 911 call from a motorist who was being shot at in his vehicle as a result of a road rage incident. The 47 year old male victim had been driving near Juanita Dr. when he had an altercation with the 19 year old male suspect in another vehicle. The suspect then brandished a machete type sword out the window at the victim. Both cars turned onto 76th Pl NE where the suspect suddenly stopped his vehicle near NE 116th St and exited toward the victim with the machete. The victim then fired his concealed carry pistol toward the ground to get the suspect to stop. The suspect then fled onto NE 73rd Pl NE. The victim called 911 and was on the phone with the dispatcher when he saw the suspect returning in his vehicle toward the victim. The suspect got out of his vehicle armed with a rifle and then fired into the victim’s vehicle narrowly missing the victim. The victim then returned fire toward the suspect. The suspect then fled a second time 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.
Kirkland Police were able to identify the suspect and he was taken into custody without further incident a short time later. All weapons were located and recovered. Both victim and suspect are residents of Kirkland. Felony charges will be filed against the suspect.
The Kirkland Police Department would like to ask everyone that if you are involved in a road rage incident with another driver to try and disengage if possible even if it means altering your route. Call 911 and do not respond with gestures or yelling as it will likely escalate the situation. It may be nothing to you, 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.