Man killed in University Place road rage shooting has been identified

A man shot to death during a road rage incident in University Place has been identified.

Darek Williams, 48, of DuPont, was spotted driving recklessly downhill on Chambers Creek Road West about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

In his Chevy Silverado, Williams passed several vehicles on the two-lane road and eventually stopped in the middle of the road.

Williams got out of his truck holding a gun, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

A Dodge Ram truck behind the Silverado was forced to stop and the passenger, a 42-year-old Steilacoom man, got out of the truck with his own gun.

The men got into a verbal confrontation and Williams was shot.

An off-duty firefighter who was in another stopped vehicle attempted CPR on Williams but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooter and his son-in-law remained at the scene until deputies arrived.

Detectives have not arrested the shooter.

Chambers Creek Road remained closed for hours during the investigation.

It was unknown why Williams was driving recklessly and got out of his truck with a gun.

His family said he was a father and served in the U.S. Army for 23 years.

In a statement to KIRO-TV, they said Williams’ behavior at the scene was “... not the Darek we know and love.”

“He had a contagious smile; you couldn’t help but smile just from seeing his. That is the Darek we want everyone to know and remember.”

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.