Ever think that your State Representative would pull a loaded gun on you? This is what happened in November, 2011, to Leroy Norris of Spokane. Washington State Representative Matt Shea, Spokane Valley, 4th Legislative District, pulled an illegal handgun on Leroy as he was running home. Republican Matt Shea ,was cited for two violations of state firearms law in the road rage incident. Norris was not cited for any offense. To the right is a video that we made about this matter involving the Republican Matt Shea who has proven himself to be unstable many times before.
Matt Shea’s Disregard for Public Safety
Per the police reports, the Spokane Police Department indicates that Leroy Norris was probably speeding in downtown Spokane. Norris admits as much.
However, the actions of Republican Matt Shea made the situation 100 times worse. Matt Shea decided to take the speeding violation into his own hands. Shea pulled a load handgun from his glove box, drove up next to Norris, and displayed his weapon to him. The police report describes the situation.
. . . Leroy looked in his rear view mirror he saw Matt pointing his finger at him as if it was a gun. Leroy said, Matt [Shea] moved his thumb as if it was a hammer on a gun, while pointing his index finger at him.
Leroy said, “I was mad”, and, “I flipped him off right back”. Matt [Shea] then pulled along-side Leroy and reached behind the front passenger seat. Leroy said he made a large swooping motion over the top of the seat, which is when he saw the gun.
Leroy Norris freaked out. With “fear for his life” he sped away in his Chevy Lumina, weaving in and out of the traffic.
Leroy told me, “I freaked out”. . . Leroy told me he was driving, “crazy”. After he saw the gun, he just wanted to get away. He told me he was slowing then speeding up with traffic in an attempt to get away from and maneuver around Matt. When Leroy got to approx. 4th Ave, he called police to report what was happening.
Leroy told me he was not only afraid, but was afraid for his life. Leroy went on to say, “the only thing I could think of was to speed up then slam on my brakes to get the guy to rear end me so I could take his car out of commission. I would have taken off, I hate to hit and run someone, but I was going to call right after where I knew it was safe”.
Republican State Representative Matt Shea chased him with his illegal handgun up South Monroe to 29th Ave. One or both cars speeding at 60 miles per hour at times through the residential area with little or no concern for the safety of others.
Matt Shea Was Given Two Firearms Citations
As mentiond in police report, the Spokane Police Department found insufficient evidence to cite Leroy Norris.
At this time, [probably cause] does not exist for Leroy’s reckless driving as it shows he was attempting to get away to a place in which he felt safe.
Republican Matt Shea is another story. The police were much less understanding. The Spokane Police Department cited State Representative Matt Shea with two violations of the State’s firearm law. Shea did not have a concealed weapons permit for the handgun that was hidden in his glove box. That made it an illegal weapon. The police officers also felt that Shea was threatening Leroy Norris with his handgun, which is also illegal. The Police Report reads as follows.
At this time the defendant [Matt Shea] is in violation of, RCW 9.41.050, the Carrying of Firearms law by the following (in pertinent summary): A person shall not carry or place a loaded pistol in any vehicle unless the person has a license to carry a concealed pistol and the pistol is on the licensee’s person, the licensee is within the vehicle at all time the pistol is there, or the licensee is away from the vehicle and the pistol is locked within the vehicle and is concealed from view from outside the vehicle.
At this time the defendant [Matt Shea] is also in violation of, RCW 9.41.270, Weapons Apparently Capable of Producing Bodily Harm-Unlawful Carrying or Handling by the following (in pertinent summary): It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, exhibit, display, or draw any firearm or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm in a manner under circumstances and at a time and place that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons. This is clearly shown by the victim’s belief it was an emergent necessity to avoid and maneuver around the defendant, and attempt to get away from the defendant, in the manner in which he did.
The Spokane County Prosecutor eventually made the decision to only charge Shea for having a conceal weapon without permit.
Filed under: 4th Legislative District
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