One police officer is dead and another is in hospital following a fatal shooting in Bothell, Washington.
The shooting occurred on the 9900 block of Northeast 180th Street in Bothell.
The slain officer was later identified as Jonathan Shoop, an officer for a little over a year, authorities said. He was previously a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. The suspect was found on a nearby rooftop and taken into custody, police said on Twitter. Authorities say that the shooting occurred after police pursued a motorist who struck a scooter before crashing. According to King5, an “exchange of gunfire” resulted after the crash, costing Shoop his life.
The Bothell Fire Department tweeted on July 14 that “Two officers are down after pursuit in Bothell. At least one patient has been transported to area hospital, conditions are unknown.”
Bothell Police also confirmed the incident and said on Twitter a suspect was at large following an officer-involved shooting.
Here’s what you need to know:
A Suspect Has Been Apprehended by Police After Being Found ‘Hiding on a Rooftop’
Deedee Sun of KIRO7 relayed SMART reports (Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team) that a suspect had been apprehended in relation to the shooting.
“#BREAKING: Suspect in the Bothell officer involved shooting has just been arrested. SMART team confirmed this. He’s suspected of shooting and killing an officer and injuring another.”
Police said the suspect had been apprehended and taken into custody “without incident” after being found hiding on a nearby rooftop.
The Shooting Occurred When Bothell Officers Responded to a Traffic Stop, Police Say
A press conference was held on July 14 regarding the shooting, and Bothell PD Captain Mike Johnson confirmed one officer was dead.
“The police activity behind us is in response to an officer-involved shooting. I can confirm that one of our officers has been hit, and is at Harborview being treated, and another officer is deceased. At this time we’re not identifying that officer.
“The suspect is still at large. He is armed and dangerous. We’re asking anyone with any information to please call 911 … the suspect is described as a Black male wearing a gray tank top, baggy sweatpants … [and] he is armed with a handgun.”
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.”
Police were still trying to ascertain whether the suspect had been involved in a hit-and-run, the Seattle Times said, and the reason for the traffic stop remains unclear.
The Seattle Times reported many streets in downtown Bothell were blocked by law enforcement officials including Bothell Police and Fire Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office, Kirkland Police Department and Northshore Fire Department.
Q13Fox shared footage showing the cordoned off perimeter, and noted the large police presence in the area.
A Video Was Posted Showing the Moment of the Shooting
In a video filmed by Jonny Colunga and posted to Twitter by user @stbryan2019, taken at the scene, gunshots can be heard in the first seconds of footage. A man says, “Did he just shoot that cop? Yeah, dude, he just shot that cop … dude, I think he just shot that f****** cop.”
Another man says, “He just f****** killed that cop.”
A woman says, “He’s not moving, he’s stopped right there.” She yells at pedestrians, “Don’t go down there, there’s a shooting, get out of the way,” while another woman says, “Somebody has a gun, don’t do it … there’s somebody with a gun.”
The other woman says, “There was a lot of shots.”
The first woman says, “This is not good, guys. This is not ok.”
One witness took to Twitter and described seeing the suspect “run right past me full sprint. I’m trying to ascertain if the officer down is okay. The medics were fast on the scene.”
Another recounted seeing the shooting victim pulled from gray sedan near Bothell Landing Park.
There were reports of the shooter being seen at the Baskin-Robbins store near the University of Washington.
A helicopter was sent to assist with the search for suspects, according to photojournalist David Nelson.
KIRO7’s Gary Horcher reported that police, dogs, and helicopters were on the scene in downtown Bothell searching the area. He said a second officer was in hospital in a “satisfactory” condition.
More information will be posted as this story develops.