Bothell officers Tragedy | Leaves 1 Dead – According to Port Angeles Police Department on the 14th of July 2020, two Bothell officers were shot during a traffic stop which turned into a pursuit late Monday, 13th of July 2020. One officer was killed and another was wounded. The dead officer has been identified as Officer Jonathan Shoop, who started his law enforcement career with the Bothell Police Department on June 3, 2019.
The police pursuit started around 9:40 p.m. Monday when officers attempted to pull over a black sedan on State Route 522. During a short pursuit, the suspect hit a man on a scooter before crashing into a median. The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) released the following information Tuesday: “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.”
Snell said there was “an exchange of gunfire” after the crash, which nearby residents captured on cell phone video. The SMART report said it appears the 2nd officer returned fire from Shoop’s passenger seat. Shoop died at the scene, and the second officer taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has since been released. The suspect is in custody.