Authorities arrested a person close to the positioning of the Washington Amtrak practice derailment for allegedly pulling a gun on one other motorist en path to donate meals to first responders.
The nice Samaritan obtained snarled up in some site visitors whereas touring to the scene by way of Interstate 5 on Monday, Seattle Instances reported. He tried to merge into one other lane not removed from the derailment scene when he crossed paths with Jeffrey S. Dickerson, who was additionally driving on the time.
He instructed police Dickerson pulled out a gun after the merge and mouthed, “I’m going to f—ing kill you,” in line with court docket paperwork.
Officers stopped Dickerson on Perimeter Street round 5:30 p.m., not lengthy after the sufferer phoned 911 and reported his menacing habits.
“It sounds a little bit bit like highway rage,” DuPont Police Assistant Chief Ted Jackson instructed the newspaper.
Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Dickerson with second-degree assault and making a false assertion to a regulation enforcement officers.
The 52-year-old suspect initially instructed officers he pointed his finger on the sufferer — not a gun — however did admit to having a firearm in his automobile. He stated the gun was locked in a field, which he didn’t have the important thing for.
Whereas investigators searched his automobile, Dickerson continued on to elucidate that he didn’t need to carry the gun on his experience house so “took his gun out of his waistband and put the holster away,” in line with court docket paperwork.
Then, in line with statements, he “corrected himself,” telling officers “By no means thoughts, I didn’t have the important thing. No, I didn’t try this.”
Authorities ultimately discovered the important thing in Dickerson’s shoe and recovered a 9mm, semi-automatic handgun with 15 bullets, prosecutors stated.
Greater than 70 folks had been injured and three had been killed when a Portland-bound practice derailed close to Mounts Street, outdoors of DuPont on Monday.
Federal transportation officers don’t but know what brought about the lethal crash, although they do know the practice was touring 50 mph sooner than the allotted velocity. Investigators additionally discovered the engineer by no means utilized the emergency brakes.