SEATTLE (WR) — The person accused of inflicting the loss of life of a Bothell police officer throughout a gunfight in July pleaded not responsible Monday to aggravated first-degree homicide, tried first-degree homicide and vehicular assault.
Henry Eugene Washington, 37, was charged in King County Superior Courtroom on July 17, 4 days after a visitors cease in Bothell changed into a shootout that killed Officer Jonathan Shoop, 32, and wounded police Officer Mustafa Kumcur. Washington is being held with out bail.
The Seattle Occasions studies that Washington is accused of firing pictures into Shoop and Kumcur’s patrol SUV following a quick automotive chase on the evening of July 13. As each Shoop and Kumcur returned fireplace, Shoop was caught within the crossfire and struck by certainly one of Kumcur’s bullets.
Prosecutors say that though Washington didn’t fireplace the deadly shot, he was intent on killing the officers and is liable for Shoop’s loss of life.
“Mr. Washington’s actions within the current offense present by clear and convincing proof that he has a propensity for violence that creates a considerable probability of hazard to the neighborhood,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mary Barboza wrote in an earlier request that Washington be held with out bail.
Washington’s attorneys wrote in a movement that the case comes “throughout a singular time of civil unrest” as demonstrations proceed throughout the U.S. within the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
“Whereas lots of the information are nonetheless unknown, this case seems to contain a white officer and a black defendant,” Washington’s attorneys wrote. “We can not know if racial points had been at play at this level of the case, nevertheless it’s a clear query to be thought of and one which will definitely face media scrutiny.”