UPDATE: Shootout between two injures Bail Bondsman, Man in Burien
UPDATE 4:30 p.m. 3/7/12: A 32-year old bail bondsman and a 42-year old Burien man were both shot when gunfire was exchanged Tuesday night around 11:40 p.m. in front of a Burien house in the 12600 block of Occidental Ave South.
The bail bondsman told police he had information that a woman with a warrant he was looking for was associated with the house. The bondsman said he had been watching the house when there was a confrontation which occurred outside between him and its residents.
Witnesses said that someone in the house brought a shotgun outside and after a brief struggle over the shotgun shots were fired. The bondsman, who was wearing a bullet proof vest, was struck in the chest with birdshot. A resident of the house was struck in the leg by a bullet presumably fired by the bondsman. The woman the bondsman was looking for was not in the house and police do not believe she is actually associated with the house.
“At this point we are still sorting out the details of what happened leading up to the shooting,” said Sergeant Cindi West, spokesperson for the King County Office.” “We know that multiple rounds were fired by each side but detectives are still trying to piece together the specifics.”
The King County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit is handling the investigation.
PREVIOUSLY: A shootout in Burien early Wednesday morning resulted in the wounding of a bail bondsman and another man, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Cindi West of the KCSO said the bondsman was apparently staking out a house in the 12600 block of Occidental Ave South, waiting for a woman with an outstanding arrest warrant.
Several people then exited the house and started arguing with him. One of them fired a shotgun at the bondsman, hitting him in the chest with birdshot. The bondsman fired back, and hit one man in the leg. It was unclear if that was the same man who fired at the bondsman.
The bondsman and the other wounded man were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover.
As we learn more details on this incident, we’ll update this post.