Belfair, WA - An argument over a dead raccoon resulted in one man getting shot just outside of Belfair on Sunday. The suspect remains at large.
The incident started after a man found a dead raccoon on the side of Highway 3. The man decided that it was stinky enough to make some great crab bait, so he wanted to take it with him.
Not wanting to have to deal with the stench by carrying it, the man tied a rope around the dead raccoon and dragged it 15 behind him, according to KOMO News.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, you can see the man dragging the dead animal:
Despite dragging dead animal corpses being a somewhat-common occurrence in Mason County, people usually keep that sort of behavior off of the state right-of-way.
Multiple people saw the man and stopped to confront him, thinking that he was dragging a dead dog.
People who were driving by in a white SUV and a black pickup stopped and got into an argument with the man. During the argument, one of the people pulled a gun and opened fire on the raccoon-dragger. The man was struck twice in the leg.
The suspects then got back into their vehicles, and the pickup driver hit the man with their car on the way out.
Deputies were later able to locate the people in the white SUV. They are cooperating with the investigation, but the shooter from the black pickup is still at large.
The suspect vehicle was described as a black Ford F-150 with a canopy, which should narrow it down to one of several hundred in the county.
Lt. Travis Adams with the Mason County Sheriff's Office tried to claim that this wasn't a common occurrence.
"I've been doing this for 21-plus years, and I've never quite heard the 'raccoon being dragged down the road' story before, so it's a new one for all of us," Lt. Adams said.
The victim is expected to recover and the shooter remains at large.