Bothell police officer killed during traffic stop
Last updated 7/16/2020 at 12:45pm
Bothell police officer Jonathan Shoop was killed Monday night, July 13, after making a traffic stop.
Detectives with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) are investigating the shooting that also injured another Bothell police officer and a citizen on a scooter.
The Edmonds Police wrote on Facebook, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Bothell Police Department, who lost an officer and had another injured in the line of duty last night. Our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and community on such a tragic loss."
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.
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 later identified as Henry Eugene Washington, was booked into the King County Jail on probable cause for murder, assault, vehicular assault, and attempting to elude. The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Wednesday said he will likely be charged Friday.
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.