'Flying gun' gets lodged in bumper of passing car along I-5 south of Seattle

A gun was found lodged in a car that was driving on I-5 near Lakewood, Wash. (Washington State Patrol)

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (KOMO) - A "flying gun" became lodged in a passing car along Interstate 5 near Lakewood Wednesday.

The driver was heading south when he saw a black object in the air strike the front of his car, according to Trooper Guy Gill. The driver said it didn't seem to make a big impact on his car and no warning lights came on, so he drove on.

He made it about 18 miles, but when he stopped for gas in Olympia, was surprised to find a handgun was lodged in his front bumper.

"The driver called 911 and he was just kind of like everyone else saying, 'This is so strange, but I believe I struck a firearm and it's still stuck in the front of my vehicle,'" Gill said, adding it's among the strangest things he's seen in his 23-year career.

"It's probably nothing I'll ever see in my career. I've never seen anything like it before."

Troopers came to the scene and retrieved the gun, eventually turning it over to Lakewood police. .

"If this was an attempt to get rid of evidence by somebody and we were able to recover it, it just goes to show you sometimes things happen for a reason," Gill said. "As odd as this is, we were able to recover this firearm and turn it over to Lakewood Police ... It all worked out well and made a good story out of it at the same time."

Lakewood police took possession of the gun and believe it may have been used in a shooting at Harry Todd Park on Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting took place around 5 p.m., which is about the same time the gun got lodged in the car's bumper.

No one was hurt in the shooting.

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