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Car theft victim arrested after chasing and shooting at suspected thief

The victim of the theft decided not to press charges before being arrested for reckless endangerment

On Feb. 17, just after 1:30 pm a Renton Police officer was flagged down by someone who reported that someone had shot at a pickup truck.

According to police, the pickup truck had just been stolen from a nearby property when the victim left his truck running with keys in the vehicle and unlocked.

The victim hopped into one of his other vehicles and followed them, cornering them in the area of Rainier Ave S and S 7th St. He reportedly got out of his vehicle and ordered the suspect out of his truck. When they did not comply and started to take off, he fired shots at the vehicle.

Police say he claimed he was trying to shoot the tires out.

As the suspect fled in the stolen truck, the victim began to follow them again. The chase led the two to the area near Rainier Ave S and SW Sunset Blvd area when officers arrived.

Multiple officers arrived and detained both the victim who had fired the weapon, and the suspect who stole the vehicle.

According to police, the suspect who stole the truck was a female. The victim decided not to press charges and just wanted his truck back so the suspect was released as authorities no longer had a willing victim to pursue charges.

The victim of the stolen truck, however, was booked on reckless endangerment.

“Unfortunately his actions could have hurt several people and we are fortunate there were no injuries to innocent bystanders as these are busy streets and intersections.” The Renton Police Department said in a written statement. “We understand the frustrations of victims, however, being a gun owner comes with responsibility and this was reckless. It is also unfortunate that he is not willing to press charges and we had to let the suspect go.”

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