Edmonds police responding to an early morning 911 call found a man with a bloody face — and a confusing crime scene that led to initial reports of a man being shot.
Police now say it was a domestic dispute and no one was shot.
It all started during a car ride from Everett and ended with a man with face cuts being sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The call came in at 2:20 a.m. after two men at the Park Ballinger Apartments near 76th Avenue West and 228th Street Southwest witnessed another man repeatedly striking a woman holding a small child, said Sgt. Mark Marsh of the Edmonds Police Department.
Police said the domestic dispute started when the woman was driving the suspect, who is reportedly her ex-boyfriend, and their 15-month-old child to the suspect’s Park Ballinger apartment. At some point the dispute turned physical and the woman tried to flee.
Two men came to the woman’s aid — one of them jumping from a balcony to reach her. When they encountered the suspect, he charged at them, Marsh said. The two hit him several times in self-defense and then brought the woman and child into their apartment until police arrived.
The suspect’s injuries were not life-threatening.