- May 25, 2009
- University Place, Washington, USA
SKYWAY, Wash. -- Police say an armed citizen helped arrest a man who shot another man late Saturday in the Skyway neighborhood south of Seattle.
King County sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said the victim was shot just before 9 p.m. during an argument in the parking lot of the US Bank branch at 12610 76th Avenue South.
A man not involved in the dispute who was using the ATM at the bank pulled out his own gun and pointed it at the shooter, Urquhart said.
Urquhart said the man is licensed to carry the weapon and also had handcuffs with him, although he is not a member of law enforcement.
By the time police arrived, the Good Samaritan already had the suspected shooter cuffed and disarmed.
"That's very unusual, very surprising, and not recommended," Urquhart said of the citizen who intervened. "This guy did a great job, but we don't recommend doing that. You certainly do that at your own risk."
The man who was shot was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries, but he is expected to survive.
Investigators are looking into whether a dispute over drugs may have prompted the shooting.