Officer is accidentally killed by training officer during crossfire after suspect opens fire on patrol car
A Washington state police officer died after being accidentally shot by his training officer during a crossfire when a suspect opened fire on them while they were in their patrol car.
Investigators said Bothell police officer Jonathan Shoop, 32, was accidentally killed in a traffic jam in Bothell, Washington, on July 13 at 9:40 PM, after being fatally shot by his field trainer, Mustafa Kumcur.
The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team said in a statement press release Friday that Shoop – a US Coast Guard veteran and Student Officer who had only been with the police for a year – and Kumcur persuaded a driver because his Pontiac G6 had no license plate.
After initially working with the officers, authorities said the man – identified as Henry Eugene Washington, 37 – drove off and bumped into a man on a scooter before hitting the median strip. Then he got out of his car.
Bothell Police Officer Jonathan Shoop, 32 (left), was accidentally killed by his training officer in the crossfire after a suspect opened fire on them. Shoop (right) was with the United States Coast Guard before joining the police
Investigators determined that Shoop died from a bullet fired at his training officer Mustafa Kumcur (pictured) while firing back at their suspect while in their SUV. Shoop drove and the shooter was on the driver’s side of the car
When Shoop and Kumcur arrived at the scene of the accident in their police SUV, authorities said that as they walked away, Washington changed direction and approached their car from the driver’s side before firing a gun twice at the officers .
Police said the first shot shattered the police car window. The second shot bounced off Kumcur’s service weapon and hit him in the head.
Kumcur was in the passenger seat of the police car when he fired back and shot Washington “multiple times.”
One of Kumcur’s bullets hit Shoop, in the driver’s seat, and killed him.
Police said Washington had fled the scene after the shooting. He hid on the roof of a nearby company and then called a Kansas 911 to tell his family he shot and murdered a police officer, authorities said.
While trying to get off the roof, Washington got stuck between two buildings and was taken into custody without incident.
Authorities said they took a gun out of Washington’s pants and admitted during his police interview to detectives that he had driven the Pontiac, hit a pedestrian, shot the police SUV and 911. center had called.
Shoop was with Bothell Police for a little over a year when he was murdered
A memorial was erected for Shoop outside Bothell Police on July 14
Local residents who knew Shoop and / or wanted to show their support placed flowers and balloons in front of a police car on the memorial site
Police vehicles are seen at the location where the shooting took place. During the incident, Kumcur was hit in the head by a bullet fired by the suspect, which bounced off his own rifle
Authorities have tracked down and arrested the suspected gunman Henry Eugene Washington, 37 (shown in white). His family has said he has a history of mental illness
The King County Prosecutor’s Office now charges Washington with aggravated first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and vehicle attack.
“The fact that Mr. Washington did not fire the shot has no bearing on his culpability in this crime,” said Mary Barbosa, King County Deputy Prosecutor, in accusatory documents. ABC news. “But before Mr. Washington’s targeted attack on the agents, Agent Shoop would be alive today.”
After the shooting, Kumcur was taken to hospital where he was treated and then released.
Shoop’s brother told the news site that despite police determination that it was Kumcur’s bullet that killed Shoop, he didn’t blame him for the incident.
“Honestly it doesn’t change much for me, that specific detail, it’s just another detail and it’s a tragic situation,” said Evan Shoop, adding that his brother spoke by hand “very high about his training officer and he loved from his training officer, and so did I. ‘
Evan Shoop noted that if Washington hadn’t fired first, there wouldn’t have been a crossfire that led to his brother’s death.
He added that he wanted Kumcur to know that ‘we think of him and that we love him. We don’t see this chaotic situation as his fault. ‘
Washington’s accusation papers said he told investigators he shot Shoop and Kumcur because he thought they could confiscate his car, marijuana, and gun, the Seattle Times reported.
The loading papers also noted that when he approached the SUV for the shooting, he had shouted, “Come on, pig.”
Police said Washington had spoken in his interview about hearing voices in his head and making off-topic statements, but said he could “understand the questions asked and provide appropriate answers.”
The newspaper reported that Washington appears to be homeless and has had criminal convictions in 1997 and Texas.
Kansas court records alleged that Washington pleaded guilty to attacking a police officer in Junction City, Kansas, in 2017. He was sentenced to prison.
The Washington family has claimed to have a history of mental illness, he said KOMO News.
Washington is being held without a bond and is expected to be charged on August 3.
Shoop leaves behind his fiancé, mother and two brothers.