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Motorcycle rider who fired shot in deadly road rage released

A man was killed in a road-rage incident on Interstate 5 in Milton, Wash. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. The woman motorcycle rider who fired the fatal shot was detained but later arrested. (Photo: KOMO News/Air 4)

TACOMA, Wash. -- The female motorcycle rider who fired the fatal shot in Thursday's deadly road rage incident is no longer detained.

But the State Patrol is not saying whether that means she has been cleared in the shooting.

It happened on southbound Interstate 5 in Milton. Those who watched the scene unfold said the young woman appeared stunned. Her helmet was still on as she sat on the ground next to the jersey barrier where she stayed for more than an hour.

"She was visibly shaken up at this point," said WSP trooper Brooke Bova. "And so we just wanted to keep her on the ground until fire could check her out and make sure she's not in any kind of shock."

Other witnesses said they watched as first responders tried in vain to save 60-year-old Bruce Jones taking turns performing CPR and continuously pumping on his chest. The State Patrol said his wife was unhurt, but in a state of shock over what happened.

Details of what led to the road rage have not been released. The State Patrol said traffic had slowed to a stop. The motorcyclist had stopped in the HOV lane. Jones and his wife in a silver SUV pulled alongside her on the left side median. He got out of the car. She got off her motorcycle.

Witnesses said they heard a lot of shouting. At some point Jones and young woman where on the ground fighting. The State Patrol said she pulled a gun and fired a shot. It proved fatal.

We were told she is the one who called 911. A witness said other drivers who arrived on the scene had to prevent her from walking into traffic, then she sat down, not moving for over an hour with troopers huddled around her. The State Patrol said she was detained, but not arrested. She was released Thursday night.

KOMO News spoke to her father at her Tacoma home. He said he'd just flown in to be with her and that she was upstairs sleeping and didn't want to make any comments.



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