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Angry man pulls gun on Clinton ferry dock

South Whidbey Record Staff Reporter
April 21, 2013 · Updated 9:23 AM

A 55-year-old Coupeville man is accused of pointing a handgun at a fellow passenger’s chest while waiting in line at the Clinton ferry dock, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Randolph C. Coyne in Island County Superior Court on April 16 with assault in the second degree.

Coyne was in a car, waiting in line at the ferry dock April 11. The 22-year-old victim was in a separate car.

The police report indicates that Coyne was upset with the younger man for smoking in the car next to his. The argument escalated; Coyne pulled a handgun and pointed in at the other man’s chest, the report states.

The two men separated and got onto the vessel Kittitas. A trooper with the Washington State Patrol arrested Coyne on the vessel after it docked in Mukilteo. They found a semiautomatic handgun in his jacket pocket. He has a concealed weapons permit.

Coyne admitted that he did pull the gun and point it at the man, but he said the man had threatened him and took a step forward, the report states.

A witness, however, said Coyne appeared to be the aggressor and had been profane, according to the report.

If convicted of the charge, Coyne could face from three to nine months under the standard sentencing range


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