The officer involved shooting yesterday on Jackson Street started when suspects in a suspicious vehicle tried to make a getaway. For one of those suspects, it wasn’t the first time he’s been involved in an incident like that.
Although we’re not yet naming the suspect in the absence of formal charges, “Suspect A”, 28 years old, has previously pleaded guilty for attempting to elude a police officer and received a 12-month sentence for that crime.
The vehicle then sped away, running red lights and stop signs. Deputies terminated the pursuit, but later found the vehicle idling empty under the Viaduct.
A scale found in that vehicle tested positive for cocaine.
A warrant was issued for Suspect A’s arrest in the eluding case, and he was later located and brought to trial. He pleaded guilty in June of 2008 to Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and Third Degree Assault.
Suspect A has two other recent felony drug convictions. In a 2007 incident, he pleaded guilty to drug possession after he was found to be hiding a bag of cocaine in his rectum when he was booked into King County Jail on a separate offense. In a 2006 case, he pleaded guilty to a drug charge after he was picked up by Seattle Police for a hand-to-hand drug transaction in Pioneer Square. He has a longer history of misdemeanor drug convictions as well.
Suspect A’s last known address was in the 8400 block of Delridge Way.
Out of the two other suspects taken into custody yesterday, one is a 17 year old juvenile, and the other is a man in his 20s who hasn’t yet been positively identified by police.
It’s not clear which of the three suffered the bullet wound to the hand.
A fourth suspect remains at large.