By Danny Stusser
An allegedly intoxicated man admitted to firing a gun from his vehicle just before midnight last night, claiming a passing man stood in the middle of a downtown intersection and threatened his car, according to his recorded interview with the Olympia police.
From the driver’s seat of his car, he allegedly fired a shot in the direction of the passing man and fled at full speed, only to be arrested by the Olympia police four minutes later on suspicion of driving with Impaired. The events happened on Tuesday June 8 from around 11:37 p.m.
The suspect, identified as Mark K. Sura, 27, of Lacey, told the OPD he was walking down Franklin St SE to the intersection of Franklin and 7e Avenue SE, when he claimed he had stopped a red light and the homeless man crossed the road in front of him. The homeless man was stopped in the middle of the road when the light turned green.
Sura told the police he said, “Excuse me sir, could you go? At the homeless, but the homeless yelled back, “acting like a madman,” then started hitting the front bumper and hood of Sura’s white Honda Accord, according to Sura.
Sura admitted to using his brother’s .40 caliber handgun, put a bullet in the gun and said he shot in the air, but not at the homeless man. He called it a “warning shot” because “he was attacking my car”.
The weapon Sura used was in her backpack, with two cans of beer and an open can of Coors Light beer in the center console.,
Sura detonated a .199 on the Draeger. Washington’s legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08.
OPD attempted to have several contacts with the homeless, Marty Bacon, including video recordings, but Bacon was rambling unintelligible things and was very agitated after the incident.
Sylvester Park security camera footage across the park shows Sura’s white Honda Accord stopped, then either a muzzle flash from gunfire or the flashlight mounted to the front of the gun . See video, above, at: 28.
Sura then gave a different account in a second interview after the OPD said her ID did not match her description or the photo on the ID. Sura said it was “legitimate” but then admitted to being “dishonest” to OPD in the first interview. Sura told OPD that he saw Bacon yelling at “an old lady” as he passed the park and that Bacon never blocked his car at an intersection. Both recorded interviews are available under this story.
Sura was incarcerated in Thurston County Jail for impaired driving and felony assault.