9/19/2014

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Alleged shooters caught after their car gets stuck on railroad tracks

SEATTLE -- Police say two men fleeing the scene of a Tuesday morning shooting were arrested after their car became stuck on some railroad tracks in the SoDo area.

An East Precinct officer was patrolling Capitol Hill just after 2 a.m. Tuesday when he heard a series of gunshots coming from 10th Avenue and East Union Street.

The officer pulled up at 10th and Union and saw a man walking toward a black Mercedes that was stopped in the middle of the street. As the officer was getting out of his patrol car, he saw the man stop on the street, raise a gun and fire two shots across 10th Avenue.

The officer took cover and began shouting commands at the shooter and a passenger in the Mercedes, but the men ignored him and sped off. Officers gave chase, but soon lost the car near Harvard Avenue East and East Union Street.

Roughly an hour later, Union Pacific Railroad police found the same Mercedes stuck on the railroad tracks near Colorado Avenue South and Denver Avenue South, according to police. When the Union Pacific officers made contact with the car, the two men inside it started fighting them, according to police.

A Seattle officer arrived moments later and arrested the two men.

The officer searched the car and found two handguns, ammo, a bulletproof vest, handcuffs and a baton. The ammunition found in the car matched the type of gun fired earlier on Capitol Hill, according to police.

More searching reveled another handgun hidden behind a garbage can near the tracks.

Both men were arrested and the car was towed. Nobody was hurt in the shooting.
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