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Two men wounded in Burien shootout | King County Sheriff’s DeputyMarch 7th, 2012 at Wed, 7th, 2012 at 7:30 pm by dennisbox
The following is a King County Sheriff’s Office press release.
A 32 year old bail bondsman and a 42 year old Burien man were both shot when gunfire was exchanged early Wednesday morning in front of a Burien house. The incident occurred about 11:40 p.m. in the 12600 block of Occidental Avenue South.
The bail bondsman told police he had information that a woman with a warrant he was looking for was associated with the house. The bondsman said he had been watching the house when there was a confrontation which occurred outside between him and the residents of the house.
Witnesses said that someone in the house brought a shotgun outside and after a brief struggle over the shotgun shots were fired. The bondsman, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, was struck in the chest with birdshot. A resident of the house was struck in the leg by a bullet presumably fired by the bondsman.
The woman the bondsman was looking for was not in the house and police do not believe she is actually associated with the house.
“At this point we are still sorting out the details of what happened leading up to the shooting,” said Sergeant Cindi West, spokesperson for the King County
Office.” “We know that multiple rounds were fired by each side but detectives are still trying to piece together the specifics.”
The King County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit is handling the investigation.