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Deadly road rage shooting in Federal Way considered self-defense, police say

During the altercation, police said one of the individuals involved grabbed a gun from the vehicle and fatally shot a 35-year-old man from Federal Way.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Police said a man was shot and killed Monday afternoon after a hit-and-run escalated into a deadly road rage shooting along a Federal Way roadway. 

Officers were called to the 800 block of South 320th Street just before 12:15 p.m. Monday for a hit-and-run crash. The Federal Way Police Department said the two people involved stopped in the middle of the roadway and started a physical altercation.

During the altercation, police said one of the people involved grabbed a gun from the vehicle and fired it toward a man, who was identified as a 35-year-old Federal Way resident. Investigators said the man died later from his injuries.

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The initial investigation found that it was a self-defense shooting, police said. 

William Kirk, an attorney specializing in firearms law, said more needs to be determined in the incident before a self defense claim can be granted. 

He said from a legal standpoint, the force that is used has to be necessary and reasonable.

"And then finally, and this is the one where most people get themselves in trouble, the force we use has to be proportional to the force that we are trying to repel," Kirk said.

A person was brought in for questioning, but there have been no arrests, the Federal Way Police Department said.  

Detectives were still processing the crime scene as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. South 320th Street will remain closed until the investigation is completed. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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