Two police officers were shot, one fatally, on Monday night after a traffic stop turned into a car chase in Bothell, Washington.
Around 9:40 PM on Monday, July 13, two officers with the Bothell Police Department attempted to pull over a vehicle for a regular traffic stop. The driver did not stop but led the officers on a brief car chase and crashed into a median.
At that point the driver exited the vehicle, fatally shot one of the officers and injured another. The driver then fled on foot, according to KIRO-TV. A nearby person riding a scooter was also injured.
The officer fatally shot, Jonathan Schoop, had been in the police force for one year. Only age 32, Schoop had previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard and is survived by a fiance, mother, and two brothers, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
The suspect was eventually arrested and taken into custody at around 3:20 a.m. on July 14. The injured officer was released from Harborview Medical center at 4:40 a.m. The scooter rider is also in good condition, KIRO-TV reported.
“I’ve worked here over 25 years and we’ve never had an officer shot,” Bothell Police Captain Mike Johnson told KIRO-TV. “So, this is some uncharted territory for us and it’s going to be a rough couple days for our organization.”
Citizens of Bothell have begun paying their respects outside Bothell City Hall.
The Bothell police officer is the fifth police officer to be shot and killed in the last 15 days, with the first fatal shooting occurring June 30, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.