Sunday, November 29, 2009

Less than 1 month prior, another officer ambushed in Seattle. UPDATE

According to the Seattle Weekly....
Officer Timothy Brenton, the Seattle cop and father of two killed on Saturday night in Leschi, was probably targeted at random, police say. Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel called Brenton's murder an "assassination." And sources who spoke to King 5 say that all indications point to a planned attack: the gunmen approached from the rear then backed up after shooting, possibly to avoid being caught on Brenton's dashboard-camera.

Brenton, 39, a Marysville father of two, was killed instantly. His father and an uncle are retired Seattle cops. 33-year-old Britt Sweeney, the trainee sitting next to Brenton who miraculously survived the ambush, was released from the hospital after being treated with minor injuries. The suspect, however, remains at-large.

UPDATE: Last month, Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed Halloween night as he was sitting in a cruiser with trainee Britt Sweeney. Sweeney was grazed in the neck.

Christopher Monfort, 41, of suburban Tukwila, was charged in the shooting. Days after the shooting, Seattle detectives attempted to question Monfort at his residence. Police say that Monfort then ran from the detectives and tried to use a gun. The detective shot him. Authorities also linked Monfort to the October firebombing of four police vehicles, with prosecutors saying Monfort waged a "one-man war" against law enforcement.

Monfort remained hospitalized.