Auburn police initially believed a gunman from a nearby road rage collision was shooting at them early Thursday.
Officers were stopping a vehicle about 1:10 a.m. in the 1900 block of A Street Southeast when they heard multiple shots “they believed were directed at their location,” according to a news release.
Taking cover, the officers radioed for assistance. Several surrounding agencies immediately sent officers.
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As the investigation was unfolding, someone drove up to police and told them they’d been involved in a crash nearby and the other driver had fired several shots before speeding away.
Police said that likely accounted for the gunshots, and they were probably not the target as they’d initially feared.
The collision took place in the 1700 block of A Street Southeast and the victim was able to provide a description of the shooter.
A King County sheriff’s deputy who had come to assist Auburn police when they believed they were under fired spotted the alleged gunman at a motel on 16th Street Northwest just before 2 a.m.
A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and his truck was impounded. Police said a pistol was discovered inside.
No one was injured in the incident.
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