Man charged with shooting at ex-girlfriend in SeaTac traffic



A man who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend in SeaTac before running into the woods and shooting himself was charged with first-degree attempted murder and felony domestic-violence harassment on Friday.

According to charging documents, the victim, 25, had been in a three-year relationship with Samson H. Berhe, 26, of Lynnwood, that ended last month after Berhe told her that her daughter “looked at him funny” and was evil.

The victim told police she was driving Thursday when she noticed she was being followed by a dark SUV she did not recognize.

While both were driving, Berhe shot at the victim several times but missed, prosecutors say. The victim abandoned her car to flee on foot, according to court documents; Berhe got out to chase her, firing at her multiple times but striking her once; the rental car rolled away and crashed into a nearby fence.

Prosecutors say that once the victim found shelter in a house, Berhe headed into woods with a gun.

Several deputies reported seeing Berhe shoot himself in the chest.

According to King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cindi West, the victim is expected to survive. Berhe was in serious condition, a Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman said.