SPOKANE -- Spokane County prosecutors have declined to press charges against a man claiming self-defense in a road rage shooting that left a teenager dead in July.
Jack Driscoll, the county's chief criminal deputy prosecutor, said Tuesday that charges won't be filed because the victim, 17-year-old Jacob Walton, initiated the argument.
"It appeared that Walton went out of his way to confront the other person, driving around the block and coming back to the parking lot where the shooting happened, to confront the other person," Driscoll said.
The shooter's name has been withheld by investigators, in part because they believe he could be subject to retaliation.
Autopsy results indicate Walton had a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent -- the legal limit is .08 percent -- and also had traces of marijuana in his blood at the time of the shooting, Driscoll said.
Walton was shot in the head at close range. The shooter was never arrested.
Spokane County sheriff's detectives said the shooting stemmed from an altercation between the drivers or occupants of two cars July 6.
Walton was riding in a white Nissan Sentra with four other people. Words were exchanged with a man who was driving by himself in a Honda Accord, court records indicate.
Both cars ended up a parking lot near the corner of Division and Francis in north Spokane after Walton allegedly threw a can of beer at the other car. Walton confronted the man and was shot after he punched the man in the face, fracturing his cheekbone, witnesses said.
Witnesses said Walton assaulted the man even though the man had displayed a handgun and warned him to stay back.
The shooter was carrying a handgun in a shoulder holster and had a permit for the weapon.
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