DAILYKENN.com -- A 32-year-old police officer was shot dead in Bothell, Washington.
Reports say Jonathan Shoop was killed in cold blood and without provocation.The officer was in training at the time of his death. Another officer was injured during the incident.
Held on probable cause for first-degree murder is Henry E. Washington, 37.
It is with a very heavy heart that we identify our fallen officer. pic.twitter.com/wbnrlI6dLl— Bothell Police (@BothellPolice) July 14, 2020
Excerpted from seattletimes.com ▼ Sara Jean Green
According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against Washington, Shoop, who was in training, was driving a marked police SUV with his field-training officer in the front passenger seat.
The officers made a traffic stop just after 9:40 p.m. Monday, pulling over a black Pontiac G6 because it didn’t have license plates, the statement says. The driver had been traveling eastbound on Highway 522 and as Shoop approached the driver’s-side window, the driver quickly accelerated through a traffic light, striking a man on a scooter in the crosswalk at Bothell Way Northeast and Woodinville Drive, according to the statement.
The man on the scooter suffered a broken leg but his injuries are not life-threatening, the statement says.
A witness shot video that shows Washington outside his car as the patrol vehicle approached the intersection and stopped, the statement says. Other witnesses later told police the driver yelled, “Come on, pigs,” as he quickly moved around the front of the patrol car and fired two shots into the police SUV through the driver’s-side window, according to the statement.
Shoop was shot in the head and died at the scene, the statement says. His field-training officer, who returned fire from inside the patrol car, suffered a graze wound to the head, it says.
The shooter ran from the scene as the patrol car rolled forward, careening into the Pontiac and slowly rolling through the intersection before coming to rest against a tree, according to the probable-cause statement.
While additional officers were responding, they learned Washington called police in Junction City, Kansas, identified himself and described hitting the man on the scooter and shooting the officers, the statement says. It’s unclear why he made that call.
Police say Washington claimed he shot the officers in self-defense to keep them from taking his vehicle, marijuana and gun, according to the statement.
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