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Police release sketch of suspect in road rage shooting

Post by Mike Archbold on Jan. 13, 2011 at 9:20 am |
January 13, 2011 9:59 am
Sketch of "road rage" suspect

Federal Way police have released a sketch of a man who shot another motorist in a “road rage” incident that occurred Jan. 2 on South Military Road.

Joshua Deraitus, 31, of Auburn, was shot in the head about 12:15 p.m. as he was driving near Military Road South and 304th Street.  He lost his left eye in the shooting, police said.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. He was released from the hospital Jan. 8 but  returned the next day due to complications, police said. He is currently being cared for by his parents in Auburn.

The suspect in the shooting fled the scene.

Police describe the suspect as a adult male 20-30 years old and  possibly Hispanic. He was driving a black luxury type sedan.

Deraitus worked with Federal Way detectives Wednesday on the sketch, according to Cathy Schrock, a spokeswoman for the police.

“He believed the sketch was  a very close match to what he recalls of the suspect,” Schrock said.

Schrock said Deraitus was hit in the face by the bullet.  “The bullet passed through his nose and left eye causing extensive injury to the nose, facial, and orbital bone(s),” she said. ” He has already had a number of surgeries and will have several more to repair the bones and reconstruct the nose/orbital area, and receive a prosthetic eye.”

Deraitus told police the road rage shooting was prompted by an earlier traffic-related incident about 12:30 p.m. near Military Road South and 304th Street.

The victim said he might have cut off the shooter’s vehicle while it was leaving the parking lot on the west side of Military Road just south of South 288th Street. He told officers the shooter tailgated him before opening fire.

A witness told police the shooter’s vehicle approached the victim’s car on the passenger side and a gun could be seen pointing out the window. He then fired through the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle, striking him in the head.

After the shooting, the witness told police, the shooter drove south on Military Road.

Anyone with information can contact Federal Way Police detectives at 253-835-6835.

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