One Man Shot in Road Rage Incident

The driver of a vehicle allegedly shot another man that ran him off the road west of Joyce Monday.

The case closed Highway 112 for several hours .

Garry Edwards was taken to Harborview Medical Center after being shot in the upper arm and chest.  Steve Thompson, the driver of the vehicle forced off the road, told deputies he shot Edawrds in self defense.

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The shooting was reported early Monday evening on the 100 block of Whiskey Creek Beach Road, about 18 miles west of Port Angeles off state Highway 112.

Police say the incident started with Edwards’ belief that Thompson was trespassing on his family’s property while hunting. They say damage to Thompson’s and Edwards’ vehicles was consistent with Thompson’s claim that Edwards forced Thompson off of the road.

Thompson told investigators that Edwards was driving aggressively before Thompson crashed his vehicle into a ditch. Before Thompson left the vehicle Edwards was already at the door punching and assaulting him.

The incident closed Highway 112 in both directions.

The Sherriff’s office says Thompson was released because it appears he acted in self defense, though the investigation will be forwarded to the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for a charging decision.