Man accused in drive-by shooting at another car on I-5

The suspect, who might have PTSD, reportedly said he acted in self-defense and feared for his life.

EVERETT — Troopers arrested a man Tuesday night after he allegedly fired several shots at a car on I-5.

Neither of the two people in the car were injured, but the investigation turned up three bullet holes with one round lodged in the driver’s-side headrest.

The Washington State Patrol arrested an Everett man, 33, for investigation of drive-by shooting. The confrontation was reported around 10:45 p.m. just north of 196th Street SW in Lynnwood.

The suspect was arrested outside a fast food restaurant. He’d let emergency dispatchers know where he was and that he had left two guns in the glovebox of his 1991 Acura Integra. He surrendered without resistance.

He allegedly told a dispatcher that “it was either fight or flight and admitted to shooting the other vehicle,” according to a police report.

The suspect told a trooper it was self-defense and he feared for his life.

A trooper later talked with the man’s wife. She told him that her husband called her right after the incident. He reportedly told her that he’d felt threatened and that he was being followed by another vehicle and had emptied his handgun magazine.

When asked about his mental state, the woman told the trooper she believes her husband might have undiagnosed PTSD from his military service and that his family has been trying to get him to see a counselor.

A dispatcher told the trooper the suspect told her that another car was boxing him in on I-5 and not letting him exit so he shot at the car, court papers said.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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