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Man shoots tire in road rage incident on Dishman-Mica

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2013, 1:26 p.m.

One Spokane Valley driver shot another driver’s tire in a road-rage incident on the Dishman-Mica Highway Monday morning, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim said he had been behind a car at a stop light at Dishman-Mica and Schafer Road at about 6:30 a.m. When the light turned green, the front car had trouble getting moving on the snow, according to a news release.

The back car, driven by the victim, went around the car in front, which was driven by Darren Palmer, 46.

When the two cars reached the stoplight at Dishman-Mica and Eighth Avenue, Palmer waved a handgun at the victim, deputies said.

The victim said he didn’t respond, and when the light turned green, he saw Palmer reach out the window and shoot at his vehicle’s tire.

The victim wrote down the license plate number of the car driven by Palmer and called police.

Palmer has admitted he shot the other driver’s tire, but told deputies he did so because the victim cut him off. He gave deputies a .22 caliber Ruger pistol, for which he does not have a concealed weapon permit, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.

Palmer was booked into Spokane County Jail on a felony charge of drive-by shooting.

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