County deputies are asking for the public’s help to locate a vehicle involved in a suspected road rage incident Thursday in which gunshots were fired.
A 32-year-old man called 911 at 1:57 p.m. Thursday to report that a 1970s Ford pickup had been behind him on McCorkle Road Southeast when he heard what sounded like two gunshots. The pickup then rear-ended the caller’s vehicle, which caused the vehicle’s rear window to shatter, according to a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The caller told police he sped up, but the pickup also sped up and attempted to run him off the road. The caller said the passenger in the pickup was holding what appeared to be a pistol out the window.
The caller got ahead of the pickup as both vehicles neared Tilley Road Southeast on 113th Avenue, and the caller slowed down and pointed his pistol out the driver’s window, firing several rounds at the pickup and possibly hitting it in the grill or engine area.
The caller drove home and called 911.
The pickup is described as a mid- to late-model 1970s Ford, yellow, with primer on the hood. The truck sat high and may have had a hitch on the front bumper, according to the news release.
Police said a Thurston County flagger was contacted in the area and reported that she was driving to work on 113th Avenue Southeast when a small red car came up to her in her lane at a high rate of speed. She pulled over and then a partially yellow truck also came at her at a high rate of speed. She had to pull over again. She observed a white man, approximately 30 years old, in the truck. She did not hear any gunfire.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the pickup and its occupants. Call Det. Mitch King at 360-786-5517 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.