The Morning Blotter: Man Pulls Pistol In West Seattle Traffic Dispute

An angry driver threatened another motorist with a pistol after both men got into a right-of-way dispute in West Seattle last week.

According to police, as the victim drove up to the corner of 14th Ave SW and SW Holden at about 8:45am on November 10th, another motorist in a black Toyota 4Runner pulled around the corner onto the narrow street.

With not enough room for both vehicles to pass each other, the victim put on his flashers and put his vehicle in park, rather than back up the length of the street.

The suspect got out of his car and walked up to the victim’s car, and told him to back up and let him pass.

The suspect then punched the victim’s half-open window twice, according to a police report.

The victim unbuckled his seat belt and was about to get out of his vehicle to confront the suspect, when the suspect backed up and pulled out a pistol, which he then pointed it at the victim.

Just then, a white delivery van pulled in behind the victim’s car, effectively ending the dispute.

The suspect ran back to his 4Runner, backed up—cutting off another driver in the process—and sped away.