Under cover road rage in seattle
what do you guys make of this story?
More fuel for cop lovers and haters.
From the Seattle P-I:
Prosecutors filed felony assault charges Wednesday against the man who police say traded shots with three undercover vice detectives during a chase through Seattle streets.
Jesse James Toro II, 28, of Edmonds was charged with second-degree assault in King County Superior Court. If convicted as charged, he faces three to four years in prison.
What started just before midnight Thursday as a shouting match ended with Toro firing three shots at the plainclothes Seattle police officers' SUV, according to court documents. One officer fired on Toro during the initial encounter in the Denny Triangle, saying Toro pointed a semi-automatic pistol at him.
Toro's attorney, Kimberly Gordon, said Wednesday that her client was the victim.
"It is troubling that the police are releasing a statement so quickly in what appears to be an attempt to spin this story into one that makes the victim appear to be the perpetrator," Gordon said in a statement.
According to court documents, the officers were heading north on Yale Avenue in an unmarked Ford Edge when they were cut off by a Cadillac STS driven by Toro. The detective behind the wheel honked at Toro, prompting Toro to flip off the officers, the documents say.
The officers, who were on duty when the incident occurred, told investigators Toro started screaming at them as both vehicles rolled toward the intersection of Denny Way and Terry Avenue North. One officer, the driver, shouted back.
Detective Nathan Janes, who investigated the shootings, said Toro likely didn't know the three men were officers. "Toro had no way of knowing that he was confronting the police," Janes said in a statement.
The detective driving the Ford told investigators he saw Toro draw a semi-automatic pistol and point it at the SUV, according to court documents. The detective said he fired a shot at Toro, which missed the car.
The two other officers -- a detective and a sergeant -- told investigators they didn't see Toro brandish the weapon because they were not looking in his direction or had an obstructed view.
Toro sped north on Aurora Avenue North after the shooting, documents say. The officers caught up to him near the intersection of Ashworth Avenue North and Northwest 80th Street, where Toro had stopped his car in the street.
Leaning on his driver's side door, Toro fired three shots at the unmarked SUV -- flattening two tires -- then drove away, according to officers' statements. He turned himself in Friday at a Seattle attorney's office.
Toro was jailed Wednesday on $250,000 bail and is scheduled to enter a plea July 9. The police department Firearms Review Board also will review the case.
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