Jonathan Shoop Dead: A Tribute to the Slain Bothell Police Officer

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Jonathan Shoop, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard before joining the Bothell, Washington, Police Department a year ago, was identified as the officer who was shot and killed after a July 13 pursuit.

Bothell Police posted the following statement on July 14:

It is with a very heavy heart that we identify our fallen officer. Officer Jonathan Shoop was shot while attempting to stop a violator vehicle on July 13th at around 9:40 PM. Officer Shoop died from his wounds at the scene.

Jonathan Shoop started his law enforcement career at the Bothell Police Department on June 3rd, 2019 after serving in the United States Coast Guard. Jonathan was a dedicated officer who served the City of Bothell with professionalism and compassion.

Jonathan was well-liked amongst his peers and throughout the community. Officer Jonathan Shoop will be dearly missed.

Officer Shoop is survived by his fiancé, his mother, and his two brothers.

More information will be available in the next few days regarding memorial services as well as opportunities to provide support for the family.

Police confirmed at a press conference on July 14 that one officer was dead, with another officer at Harborview Hospital for treatment.

Initial reports about the shooting emerged early on the morning of July 14. The Bothell Fire Department tweeted that “two officers are down after pursuit in Bothell. At least one patient has been transported to area hospital, conditions are unknown.”

Everett Police spokesperson Aaron Snell said in a press conference, “the shooting and chase began when Bothell officers responded to a traffic stop on Bothell Way Northeast around 9:40 p.m.” After the driver was pulled over, he “led police on a short car chase before he got out and started running.”

Multiple agencies were investigating after the two officers were shot, Sebastian Robertson of King 5 News said.

A suspect apprehended on a nearby rooftop has still not been identified by police.

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Shoop, Who Also Worked for Amazon & a Ferry System, Always Wanted to Be a Police Officer

According to the Seattle Times, Shoop, 32, held a variety of jobs before becoming a police officer. He worked for Washington Ferries and Amazon in addition to the Coast Guard. However, the newspaper said his goal was always to become an officer.

“He wore a few hats, but he always wanted to be a police officer,” his brother Evan Shoop said to the newspaper. “He wanted to do the service thing while he had a chance. He was always drawn to it.”

The Times reported that he was survived by a long-term partner, mother, and brothers.


A Procession Was Held for Shoop That Included a Police Escort

Q13 Fox Seattle reporter John Hopperstad shared a video of a procession for the fallen officer as his colleagues farewelled him by escorting his body from the city in their cars.

“Procession begins of fallen Bothell police officer. Fellow officers loaded their fallen colleague, draped in American flag, into ambulance and looks like entire patrol division escorting him from the city,” he said.

Around 28 patrol officers took part in the procession, Hopperstad reported.

Kalie Greenberg with King 5 said, “the Bothell Police officer killed overnight was just placed into an ambulance along side several officers. Those officers are now preparing for a pr[o]cession.”

Hopperstad reported the other officer who was injured at the scene had been released from the hospital, but a pedestrian who had been hit by the suspect during a car chase remained at Harborview.

King 5’s Robertson shared pictures of a “growing memorial” for the slain officer showing people placing flowers on a police squad car.

More pictures were shared of the memorial, with Nicole Jennings of KIRO FM posting images captured outside Bothell City Hall.

“The memorial to the @BothellPolice officer who was killed in the line of duty last night. This is just outside #Bothell City Hall. Children have written chalk messages of love alongside the dozens of flower bouquets that are being placed here by residents,” she said.


Emergency Services Observed a Minute’s Silence for the Fallen Officer

KOMO anchor Holly Menino reported earlier that Shoop’s body had been taken to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office in Everett. The video shows his body draped with the American flag as it passes through a guard of officers who are lined up and saluting.

Journalist Chris Sullivan reported that emergency responders took a moment’s silence to honor the fatally shot officer.

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