UPDATE 7/20: Andrew Jermain Patterson has been charged with second degree murder. See our update for more.
UPDATE: Police have arrested the man suspected of shooting and killing Justin Ferrari. He was taken into custody in Federal Way Thursday, police say. They then served several related search warrants in and around the city.
Homicide detectives have arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of killing Justin Ferrari in the Central District in May.
Ferrari and was driving down Martin Luther King Jr. Way and E. Cherry Street with his family when the 20-year-old suspect opened fire on the street, striking striking and killing Ferrari as he drove past.
After combing through surveillance footage and working with the gang unit to chase down leads on their suspect, homicide detectives, SPD SWAT, and US Marshalls arrested Ferrari’s killer at a home in Federal Way Thursday.Detectives, SWAT, and the gang unit served warrants at several other locations in Seattle and South King County.
“Detectives worked hard. Real hard. pretty much non-stop” since Ferrari was killed on May 24th, Homicide Sgt. Bob Vallor says.
Detectives are still interviewing the 20-year-old suspect, who will be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of homicide.
Ferrari, who lived with his wife and two children in Madrona, was driving a van westbound on Cherry at MLK May 24 when a bullet struck him in the head and killed him. His children and his parents—visiting from out of town—were in the van with him when he was killed. He died in his father’s arms. He was 42.
His death shook the neighborhood and reopened memories of other recent victims of gun violence. A tense, standing-room-only community forum showcased a community simultaneously torn apart and brought together by the ongoing epidemic of gun crime and senseless violence.
UPDATE 3:15pm: There are still several killings in the neighborhood that remain unsolved. Desmond Jackson, a longtime CD resident, was gunned down outside a SODO nightclub in February. Demicko Chatman was shot and killed at 19th and Yesler one year ago next week. Though he is not included in SPD’s list of unsolved murders, Shaun Harris was found beaten to death at 26th and Jefferson In September 2011. And the family and friends of Tyrone Love are still searching for closure in the 2009 shooting that took his life just a block from where Ferrari died.
SWAT teams and Seattle Police raided a home on 31st Ave between Cherry and Jefferson today investigating a homicide.
The raid began around 11:30 a.m. at the mid-block house. Officers on the scene said they were executing a search warrant. Residents answered the door and officers secured the area without incident, officers said.
Detectives and Gang Unit officers were searching for weapons and other evidence. No arrests were made at the house.
We’ll have more information as we get it.
Photo of the raid from a reader (Note: This is the scene of a related search, not the arrest scene)
: Here’s a photo from a reader (right).
UPDATE 1:20pm: An ambulance has arrived at the scene, according to a reader.
I contacted SPD for more information, but they do not have anything yet.
UPDATE 2:14pm: Police confirm they have made an arrest in the killing of Justin Ferrari.