He followed his stolen truck until it stopped, and he then confronted the driver, police said.
When the driver sped away, the man fired two shots that struck two nearby residences, police said.
The man then chased after his truck, driving erratically through the Columbia City neighborhood until he lost sight of it, police said, adding that he neglected to call 911 at any point during the incident.
Based on reports from witnesses, officers found and stopped the man in his Toyota in the 9300 block of Rainier Avenue South, police said, after which officers detained the two occupants, and the driver gave officers permission to remove his handgun from the car.
Police said they verified the stolen Chevrolet truck was registered to the Toyota driver, and it was reported stolen, but the truck was gone when officers arrived.
Officers booked the 27-year-old man into King County Jail for drive-by shooting and submitted his firearm as evidence, police said, adding that his passenger was released from the scene.
How are folks reacting?
A look through comments about the incident on the Seattle Police Department's Facebook page indicates folks are frustrated with the arrested man's behavior — but they're also upset that criminals seem to keep getting away with crime:
- "This is sad on all sides," one commenter said. "Those stray bullets could have injured or killed an innocent person. Please tell me this though, you didn’t see this coming?! Criminals are running rampant, and the victims have no support or recourse. Police can’t chase the stolen vehicles, and the prosecutors are not holding criminals accountable. It was and is only a matter of time."
- "The bad guys won again in Seattle," another commenter wrote.
- "I just wanna know if he'll get the same revolving door and lack of accountability violent thieves do?" another commenter wondered.
- "SPD at this point what do we do?" another commenter asked police. "We [are] getting our vehicles stolen. I got mine stolen couple weeks ago, and when it was found it was in ... terrible condition. How do we protect our property?"
- "Seattle voters [are] surprised when they get what they voted for," another commenter observed. "NYC turned it around in the 1980s with tough-on-crime prosecutions because the public said it was too much. Seattle keeps voting for progressivism and can’t comprehend liberal utopia ideals are driving the decay."
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