MOUNT VERNON — A motorist was shot in the head by a Skagit County sheriff’s deputy on I-5 early Monday after he got out of his car with a handgun, the State Patrol said.
The condition of the man, who was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, was not immediately available.
Trooper Lance Ramsay of the State Patrol in Marysville said the 22-year-old man from Skagit County also was shot in the hip.
The name of the deputy who shot the man was not immediately released by the sheriff’s office.
The southbound lanes of I-5 at Mount Vernon were closed for five hours for an investigation of the shooting.
A State Patrol spokesman said the motorist fled a traffic stop in Mount Vernon before being pulled over on the freeway by the deputy.
The shooting occurred shortly after 3 a.m.
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