The woman who was allegedly chased down and shot found refuge at a home near 128th and Military Road Thursday afternoon.
Former Highline grad was shot Thursday by her ex-boyfriend
Tigest Beyene, a 25-year-old Highline High School grad, was shot in the abdomen Thursday, Sept. 12 in SeaTac by her former boyfriend, 26-year-old Samson Berhe of Lynnwood, who later turned the gun on himself, according to police.
The incident began in SeaTac shortly after 4 p.m.
According to documents filed with the King County Superior Court: "The defendant (Samson Berhe) and the victim (Tigest Beyene) ended their three-year relationship last month. According to the victim, the defendant's behavior over the last few weeks has become unusual. In this incident, the defendant suddenly started following the victim home. As they were driving in separate vehicles, the defendant shot at the victim, multiple times, threatening to kill her. When the victim tried to escape on foot, the defendant continued to pursue the victim, shooting as he ran after her. The defendant shot the victim once in the lower abdomen. As she was cowering in fear, the defendant attempted to reload, telling the victim again that he was going to kill her and that her daughter would have no mother while he pointed the gun at her head."
According to witnesses who saw Berhe attempt to kill Beyene, she was able to get to her feet, punch him in the face, and escape on foot. Berhe fired at least one more shot at her before a woman in a neighboring home let her in.
Once Beyene was within the home, Berhe fled the scene in her Toyota Camry as the SUV he had previously been driving sustained damage during his attack. He drove her vehicle to the Union Gospel Mission near the intersection of Military Road and South 128th St in Tukwila and was witnessed fleeing the vehicle into nearby woods with his weapon.
Police arrived on the scene of the shooting and found Berhe alert and able to give a description of the attack. She was then transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is expected to survive.
Police launched a manhunt for Berhe. After a 40-minute search, Berhe was located in the wooded area near where he had parked his truck. Before police could apprehend Berhe, a number of deputies witnessed him fire single bullet from a .38 caliber handgun into his chest. This handgun is believed to be the same weapon used to shoot Beyene. The shot was not fatal and emergency personnel rushed Berhe to Harborview Medical Center where he remains in the intensive care unit in serious condition.
Berhe was officially charged on Friday, September 13, with attempted murder in the first degree, domestic violence and felony harassment. Recommended bail was set at $1,000,000.