Olympia – Olympia police say a 46-year-old motorist has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a pedestrian during an altercation at an intersection.
Police spokesman Lt. Paul Lower said Michael Volz, of Olympia, was arrested early Tuesday and booked into Thurston County Jail on investigation of first-degree assault. His bail was set at $10,000 Tuesday afternoon.
The argument happened Monday night between the 20-year-old pedestrian and the driver over who had the right-of-way.
Police say the pedestrian struck the vehicle’s hood with his hand and went to the passenger side of the vehicle where witnesses believe he used his skateboard to strike the door and break the window. The driver pulled out a handgun and shot the pedestrian once.
The motorist called 911 to report the incident. Volz’s attorney, Dennis Schroader, told The Olympian his client feared for his life during the incident.
Police say the pedestrian is in stable condition at a local hospital. The bullet struck him in the elbow and traveled through his arm and into his chest.