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Teen Arrested for Firing Gun, Pistol-Whipping Woman in Columbia City Fight

Officers arrested a teenager Tuesday night after he pistol-whipped a woman and fired a shot at a another teen during a fight in a Columbia City park.

Witnesses began calling 911 at 8 PM when they saw two teenaged boys fighting at the Rainier Playfield basketball courts. When the teens briefly separated, one boy pulled out a handgun.  A 34-year-old woman tried to intervene, the teen with the gun struck her in the face. The suspect then fired a single shot into the ground near the other teen boy.  The gunman then fled to a waiting car, which sped away.

Officers spoke to witnesses at the scene, learned the identity of the armed teen suspect, and went to his Mount Baker home to arrest him.

As police approached the house, they saw the suspect run inside, where he remained for the next three hours as negotiators worked to get him to surrender.

Finally, police were able to convince the teen to come outside, and took him into custody.

Detectives booked the 16-year-old into the King County Youth Services Center for assault, harassment and unlawful possession of a firearm.