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Woman Struck With BB While Out Walking With Family

Officers arrested a man after a plastic BB he fired struck a woman out for a walk with her family in West Seattle.  

On Saturday, June 8th at approximately 8:02 p.m. officers responded to the area of 42nd Avenue SW and SW Graham Street for the report of a woman struck by a projectile from what was believed to be a BB gun.  

Preliminary investigation indicates that a man, his wife (the victim) and their child were out for a walk in the neighborhood when they heard what they believed to be someone firing a BB gun at tin cans.  Shortly thereafter the victim was struck on the buttocks by a BB.  The woman’s husband believed he saw someone firing a BB-type rifle from the window of a nearby apartment complex and directed responding officers to that building.  

Officers located and contacted the suspect, who was completely cooperative, at his second-floor apartment.  Further investigation determined that the suspect had been shooting from his second-floor apartment window downward at some aluminum cans with an Airsoft rifle (an air rifle that fires plastic BBs).  One of the plastic BB rounds ricocheted off of a can and struck the victim on the buttocks.  

The victim was not injured and declined medical attention.  

Officers arrested the suspect and transported him to the Southwest Precinct.  Several of his Airsoft weapons and a bag of plastic BBs were placed into evidence. 

The 20-year-old male suspect was subsequently booked into the King County Jail for Reckless Endangerment (a gross misdemeanor).