A 70-year-old Napavine man and a 63-year-old Salkum man were jailed Saturday after gunshots were fired in an alleged road rage assault, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies responded to a report of road rage with shots fired near Spirit Lake Highway and Si Town Road.
“Deputies arrived on scene and detained two suspects identified by multiple witnesses as having pointed pistols at two other subjects in a truck, with at least one suspect firing a shot,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Terry G. Middleton, of Napavine, was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of felony harassment and drive-by shooting. Jack Ritter, of Salkum, was booked on two charges of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree assault and felony harassment.
They were both in a vehicle driven by a Castle Rock man, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Witnesses reported Middleton and Ritter were pointing pistols at (a) truck occupants and forced the vehicle to a stop,” the sheriff’s office reported. “The occupants of the truck stated both suspects pointed their guns at them and threatened to kill them. Middleton reportedly pointed his pistol at the truck driver's head, then fired a shot near the vehicle during the confrontation.”
Both firearms used in this incident were recovered and placed into evidence.
No injuries were reported.
Harassment - Two Counts. Both firearms used in this incident were recovered and placed into evidence. No injuries were reported.