Shooting-caused death causes 520 one-lane closure near Montlake

Lane reopened at about 10:40 a.m. Monday.

One lane of eastbound SR-520 bridge was closed in the early morning of March 25 after police found a man in the driver’s side of a vehicle dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

The first call to responders came in at 5:10 a.m. The caller reported seeing a pedestrian running around in the westbound lanes of SR-520, said trooper Rick Johnson, a spokesperson for the Washington State Patrol. The caller indicated to WSP that someone in a vehicle was shot.

The car was located on the shoulder of the bridge’s eastbound lanes. Two troopers arrived shortly and found a male in the driver seat with a gunshot wound. The Seattle Fire Department responded and the man was ruled deceased. The lane was opened shortly after 10:40 a.m.

The scene was being processed as a homicide, but further investigation could prove otherwise, said Johnson.

“Right now we’re not ruling anything out,” he said.

The female caller was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was cleared. She has cooperated with authorities and given a statement. The vehicle was taken into WSP’s evidence bay and a search warrant was served on the car to allow law enforcement to take anything of evidential value from the vehicle for examination. A weapon was seen in the car.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information on it, is asked to reach out to WSP at 425-401-7788.


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