The bicyclist told police the woman driver pointed a gun at him. She said she only moved it from her purse so she could get her cell phone and call police about the cyclist.
The incident happened about 9:30 a.m. last Tuesday near East Madison Street and 12th Avenue, according to a Seattle police report released Monday.
The woman, 50, told police the bicyclist was traveling in and out of traffic, hitting vehicle side mirrors. As she passed him, she yelled "Jerk."
The woman told police when she came to a stop by an intersection, the cyclist went to the side of her vehicle and yelled "Did you say anything to me?"
"She said she was going to call police, and she reached into her purse to grab her cell phone," an officer wrote in the report. "She said her purse was compact, and her cell phone was buried inside.
"She said in able to retrieve her phone she had to remove her concealed firearm from her purse."
The cyclist, apparently scared by the 9 mm pistol, refused to wait for officers at the scene and said he would talk to officer at another location. Police tried to contact him at the phone number he gave a dispatcher, but he did not return a message to call the East Precinct, according to the report.
The Seattle woman showed police her concealed-weapons permit.
"She said at no time did she point the weapon at (the) bicyclist nor did she make any threats toward him," according to the report. The woman was initially stopped by two officers and held in police custody.
Police returned her pistol after she showed her permit, and she was released from the scene.