Saturday, March 05, 2011

WA: Man shot in road-rage incident may face charges: "A Marysville man who was shot in the chest with a .357 Magnum revolver last December during a road-rage dispute could be charged with assault. That's the recommendation of police. Detectives say the man, 26, was the aggressor in a confrontation that started with salty words in the Frontier Village parking lot in Lake Stevens. Before he was shot, he is accused of beating a Lake Stevens man over the head with a 3-pound flashlight. No charges are recommended against the 25-year-old man who said he shot in self defense. Patrol officers were called Dec. 29 after a report of an assault with a weapon at the intersection of North Davies Road and 96th Avenue Northeast. Bystanders called 911 after watching the Marysville man get out of the passenger side of a Toyota truck and assault the driver of a Subaru, police said. The man in the Subaru was struck with a flashlight. He grabbed a gun and shot, leaving his attacker with wounds to his arm and chest, according to police reports."

Dumb BATFE operation: "Guns allowed to come into the possession of suspected smugglers in a tracking operation were found at the scene of the killing of a U.S. agent, officials said. Weapons bought by a known straw purchaser surfaced after the killing of a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent in Arizona, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The guns were involved in Operation Fast and Furious, a 15-month Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation, the newspaper said. The BATFE, working with other law enforcement agencies, intended to track smuggled guns from U.S. suppliers to Mexican drug cartels. Brian Terry was killed Dec.14 in a shootout near Rio Rico."

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