EVERETT – Road rage apparently lead to the shooting death of a driver in Everett on Saturday night.
The suspect, 74-year-old Simeon Berkley, allegedly slammed on the brakes of his Honda Accord and was rear-ended by an SUV on Glenwood Avenue.
A judge ordered Berkley held on $750,000 bond on Monday.
Witnesses said Berkley got out of his car, walked up to the driver side of the SUV and fired two shots from a handgun, both hitting the victim in the head.
According to the report, officers found Berkley sitting on the sidewalk talking on his phone. The report said Berkley acted as if he was not involved in the crash until a witness pointed him out.
A witness said he saw Berkley shoot the driver of the SUV, later identified as 49-year-old Steven Whitemarsh, and that he did not hear any arguing nor did he see the SUV driver try to get out of his car.
Detectives said it did not appear Berkley was in any danger at the time of the shooting. He was booked into the Snohomish County jail for murder in the 2nd degree.
Prosecutors say Berkley was involved in another case in 1991 in California where he shot and paralyzed a man. He claimed self-defense in that shooting and was acquitted.