Everett Police Part Of Team Investigating Murder Of Bothell Officer

July 14, 2020


Everett Police spokesman Aaron Snell is serving as point of information in the investigation into the murder of a Bothell Police Officer late Monday night.

Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy Bothell PD

Throughout the day, detectives with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) have continued investigating the shooting incident that resulted in the death of Bothell Police Officer Jonathan Shoop, injuries to a second Bothell Police officer, and a pedestrian.

At about 9:40 p.m. on July 13th, two Bothell Police officers were patrolling in a marked patrol SUV when they initiated a traffic stop on a black Pontiac G6 at the intersection of Bothell Way NE and Woodinville Dr. The Pontiac initially stopped but accelerated through the traffic light as Officer Shoop approached it. The Pontiac struck a pedestrian riding a scooter in the crosswalk before crossing the median and stopped in the westbound lanes of Woodinville Dr. The officers drove around the median and U-turned to approach the Pontiac. According to video footage and witnesses, a male exited 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, Officer Shoop, deceased and the second officer wounded.

Officers secured a perimeter and searched for the shooter. A few hours later, a male matching the shooters description was observed on the rooftop of a business in the 10000 block of Main St. At about 3:40 a.m., the male 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 male, a 37 year-old, was booked into the King County Jail on probable cause for murder, assault, and vehicular assault. A charging decision will be made by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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.

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