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UPDATE: Bothell police officer killed during traffic stop


Last updated 7/14/2020 at 5:33pm

Jonathan Shoop

UPDATED 5 p.m. July 14 from the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team:

Throughout the day, detectives with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) have continued investigating the shooting incident that resulted in the death of Bothell Police Officer Jonathan Shoop, injuries to a second Bothell Police officer, and a pedestrian.

At about 9:40 p.m. on July 13, two Bothell Police officers were patrolling in a marked patrol SUV when they made a traffic stop on a black Pontiac G6 at the intersection of Bothell Way NE and Woodinville Drive in the King County portion of the city. The Pontiac initially stopped but accelerated through the traffic light as Shoop approached it.

The Pontiac struck a pedestrian riding a scooter in the crosswalk before crossing the median and stopping in the westbound lanes of Woodinville Drive. The officers drove around the median and U-turned to approach the Pontiac. According to video footage and witnesses, a male got out of the Pontiac and walked towards the police SUV while firing a handgun at it.

The male then ran from the scene as the police SUV continued forward, glanced off the Pontiac, and rolled several hundred yards before coming to a stop against a tree.

Responding units found the police SUV with the driver, Shoop, dead, and the second officer wounded.

Officers secured a perimeter and searched for the shooter.

A few hours later, a man matching the shooter's description was observed on the rooftop of a business in the 10000 block of Main Street. At about 3:40 a.m., the man attempted to get off the rooftop but became wedged between the buildings and was taken into custody without incident. A handgun was recovered from his pants.

During an interview with detectives, the male admitted to driving the Pontiac, driving away from the traffic stop, hitting the pedestrian and shooting at Officer Shoop. The man, a 37-year-old, was booked into the King County Jail on probable cause for murder, assault, and vehicular assault. A charging decision will be made by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Based on their investigation, detectives believe the second officer returned fire from the passenger seat.

The second officer and the 20 year-old male pedestrian were taken to Harborview Medical Center with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. While the condition of the pedestrian is unknown, the officer has been released.

There were no other occupants in the Pontiac.

Original story

Detectives with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) are investigating a shooting incident after a traffic stop that left one officer dead and another injured in the King County portion of Bothell. The city also extends in Snohomish County.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with @BothellPolice who lost an officer and had another injured in the line of duty last night," the Edmonds Police Department wrote on Twitter.

At about 9:40 p.m., Bothell Police Department officers stopped a black sedan on westbound SR-522. After a short pursuit, the vehicle struck a pedestrian on a scooter, crashed through the center median and stopped in the 10300 block of Woodinville Drive.

Gunfire was exchanged, and it was reported that one person ran from the vehicle. As additional officers arrived, they found two Bothell police officers had been shot. One officer was deceased; he was later identified as 32-year-old Jonathan Shoop, who had been with the police for a year and previously served in the Coast Guard.

The second sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was released today, July 14.

The pedestrian was also taken to Harborview.

Bothell Police confirms that the man suspected of shooting the officers was apprehended at about 3:20 a.m. this morning after he was located hiding on the rooftop. He was arrested without incident.

Follow-up information related to the officers will be handled by Capt. Mike Johnson of the Bothell Police Department at 425-487-5127.

The investigation is being conducted by the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART). SMART is a team of investigators, evidence technicians, records specialist, and public information officers from various Snohomish County law enforcement agencies and Washington State Patrol, who respond to, and investigate, police use of force incidents.

There are civilian community members that also serve on SMART per the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act (LETSCA). When the SMART investigation is complete, results will be forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office for review.


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