Seattle police say a man apparently involved in a gunbattle at a Central District park Monday night is a wanted felon barred from possessing firearms.
A gunbattle between two groups at a Central District park Monday night led to the arrest of one man, Seattle police said.
Witnesses reported two groups of men were exchanging gunfire at Pratt Park, near 19th Avenue South and South Main Street, around 7 p.m. Police said no one was wounded in the shooting.
Officers arrived and learned that one man reportedly had fired several gunshots in the air and then exchanged gunfire with a group of men before fleeing. Police arrested the man near 22nd Avenue South and South Jackson Street.
Officers found a handgun — still warm from apparently having been recently fired — in the man’s pocket, police said.
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The man refused to tell officers his name, but they learned his identity from his fingerprints, police said. The man is a wanted felon, who is unable to legally possess firearms because of his criminal record, police said.
Police also discovered that the handgun had been stolen out of a plumber’s truck in the Leschi neighborhood in December.
The man was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, reckless endangerment and warrants. Police are trying to locate the other people involved in the gunfight.