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Felon Arrested For Celebrating 4th of July With AK-47

Seattle police arrested a 29-year-old felon late last night after the man reportedly conducted his own 4th of July celebration by firing an assault rifle into the air in West Seattle.


Officers were patrolling near the 4100 block of 25th Avenue Southwest around 11:30 PM when they heard the sounds of gunfire. They began driving through the neighborhood and were soon flagged down by several people in the 4200 block of Southwest Dakota Street.

Witnesses told police a group of men had emerged from home on the block and fired a rifle into the air before going back inside the house.

Officers went to the home, contacted 10 people inside, and arrested the 29-year-old resident. He admitted he had fired his AK-47-style assault rifle in the air following a celebratory round of fireworks at his home.

Police found the gun stashed behind a washing machine in the home and booked the man–who is a convicted felon and unable to legally possess firearms–into the King County Jail for unlawful possession of a firearm. No one was injured in the incident.