Renton man charged with first degree assault

Jeffery Paul Trammel reportedly shot at a tow truck driver Aug. 24 on Rainier Ave. S.

Jeffery Paul Trammel, 50, of Renton was charged with first degree assault.

Trammel was booked Aug. 30 and remains in custody at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

He was initially booked Aug. 25 and released Aug. 27 before he was arrested again last Thursday.

Trammel’s bail is set at $100,000.

Charging documents stated he was first charged with a Class B felony drive by shooting at his bond hearing but following new information obtained the charged was increased to a Class A felony first degree assault.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Aug. 24 Renton police officers were called to Gene Meyer’s Towing on Rainier Ave. S. regarding reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived on scene they found shooting victim and Gene Meyer’s Towing employee Shane Hallgren.

Hallgren told officers a male subject was dumping food garbage outside of his vehicle in the towing company’s parking lot. According to Renton police, the driver shot at Hallgren hitting him in his left upper arm and lower right back.

Documents added his injuries are non-life threatening. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Officers noticed the food garbage came from McDonald’s and obtained video footage from the Rainier Ave. S. location, about four blocks north from the scene of the shooting.

A vehicle and suspect matching the description was noticed ordering food just minutes before officers responded to the scene.

Four 9 mm shell casings were found at the scene of the shooting.

Officers obtained Trammel’s address and made contact with him at his home in Renton.

Footage from surveillance at Gene Meyer’s was watched by officers and it was determined that Trammel entered the parking lot and proceeded to throw garbage outside of his vehicle.

About 10 minutes later, a tow truck driven by Hallgren pulled into the parking lot. It was observed that the two drivers were talking from their vehicles before Hallgren got out and walked over to Trammel.

Video footage shows Hallgren picking up some of the trash and throwing it back into Trammel’s vehicle.

Trammel backed up and as Hallgren began walking back to his truck, Trammel reportedly shot in his direction, charging documents stated.

When officers arrived at his home, Trammel was taken into custody without incident. He requested legal counsel before talking with officers, the documents stated.

During a search of Trammel’s home, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol was located.

At the time of the search no other weapons were found but according to the charging documents a number of firearm accessories and ammunition along with another weapon were later located in Trammel’s residence.

A few days later, officers went back to the towing company and spoke with other employees who told them damage was found to a vehicle and a roll up door.

To fix the damage to the vehicle and door is estimated at $400 total and the damage to the tow truck is estimated at more than $2,500, according to the documents.

On Aug. 27, officers spoke to Hallgren once again by phone. He told officers he had a gun on him but did not pull it until after he was shot at. He also reportedly told officers that he did not threaten Trammel.

According to charging documents, Trammel has no criminal history. However, officers were told by his ex-wife that he reportedly shot at someone at the Jack in the Box on Rainier Ave. S. a while ago because they were harassing him.


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