A man has been arrested after he fired a flare gun at another man’s head, severely burning his jaw, according to Seattle police
Around 8:15 Friday night, a bus tunnel security guard flagged down police Officer Richard Bonesteel near Sixth Avenue and King Street and said he had heard a gunshot nearby. Bonesteel then saw two men fighting in the middle of the street nearby, police said.
After breaking up the brawl, the officer saw that one of the men had a bottle of whiskey and a machete tucked in his pants. Bonesteel seized the man’s machete and handcuffed him. Other officers recovered a flare gun nearby, according to police.
The victim told police he was walking north on King Street when the suspect walked up behind him and, without saying a word, fired the flare gun at the back of his head. The flare grazed the victim’s jaw, severely burning him, before the victim turned around and began fighting with the suspect, police said.
The victim said he only knows the suspect “in passing.”
Officers arrested the suspect, who smelled of alcohol, and booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of assault, police said.