Lights and Sirens
Police and fire news from around Covington, Maple Valley, and beyond
The following is a release from the Washington State Patrol.
Ride along with Washington State Patrol Sergeant Freddy Williams and see
what he sees as he travels Interstate 5; Including the results of a three car, non-injury
collision caused by an improper lane change that tied up traffic on I 5. You
will see examples of good and bad driving behavior.
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has posted on its Web site a short video
talking about minor infractions we all see every day, such as failure to signal
lane changes, following too closely, improper merging on and off of the
freeway. Even though these infractions may seem minor in nature, these little
things can cause big problems.
While the majority of serious injury and fatality collisions are caused by speed,
failure to wear a safety belt, DUI, aggressive and distracted driving, this video
is to remind motorists that failing to follow simple rules of the road can cause
major problems for drivers.
Visit our Web site at
www.wsp.wa.gov to view this and other driver
safety and informational videos.
The following is from a Washington State Patrol press release.
Martin A. Jones, 45, of Seaview, Wash. was arrested in Long Beach and booked into the Pacific County Jail in South Bend, on charges of attempted murder and assault in the first degree in the shooting of Trooper Scott Johnson.
Search warrants are currently being sought in an attempt to obtain important evidence.
While we have a suspect in custody the investigation continues.
Investigators still need tips from the public regarding associates, vehicles, firearms, and structures associated with Mr. Jones.
If anyone has information call 1-800-283-7808 or outside Washington State 1-360-405-6650
The following is information provided by a press release from the Washington State Patrol.
The Washington State Patrol announced this morning a person of interest has been detained in the shooting of Trooper Scott Johnson. Investigators developed information about an individual overnight.
The person was located in the early morning hours of Monday and detained. Investigators are now seeking search warrants for locations that may be relevant to the case.
“We are not focused solely on this person,” said Chief John R. Batiste. “While we believe this person is certainly worth a deeper look, we are continuing the broader investigation. We have talked to many people so far, and we will continue to contact individuals who might have information about Saturday’s shooting.”
WSP is still seeking tips from the public. In Washington, people can call 1-800-283-7808. Outside Washington caller can provide tips at 1-360-405-6650.
Washington State Patrol has released an artist’s sketch of the Long Beach trooper shooting suspect.
The description of the suspect has been updated and he is described as a white male, 35-40 years old with light tan complexion. He is 5’10″ to 5’11″ tall, weighing about 185 – 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored insulated shirt and possibly a knit cap. It is unknown if the subject was wounded by Johnson’s return gunfire.
The original incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, along State Route 103 near 12th Street, as Johnson was inventorying the contents of a vehicle about to be towed. A subject walked up, and there was a short verbal exchange between the subject, Johnson and the tow truck driver. The assailant then pulled a small caliber handgun and fired twice.
A $26,000 reward is being offered for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for shooting Washington State Trooper Scott Johnson, Saturday morning in Long Beach.
The Washington State Troopers Association is offering $25,000 and Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the shooter’s arrest and conviction.
Law enforcement investigators continue to seek tips in the case and have established a tip line at 1-800-283-7808. All calls are being immediately checked out and followed up on by detectives.
The Washington State Patrol reminds motorist there will be extra troopers enforcing DUI, speed, and aggressive driving laws on King County highways for Super Bowl weekend.
This weekend King County will be staffing an extra 22 troopers in the effort to keep our highways safe by eliminating fatality and serious injury collisions.
“Last year troopers apprehended 34 DUI’s and we were happy to report that there were no fatality collisions on King County highways during Super Bowl weekend. We are hoping for the same outcome this year,” Capt. Steve Burns said.
Alcohol impairs peoples judgment and decision making ability. WSP would like to remind motorists to make prior arrangements before leaving for a party. Arrange for sober transportation to and from a location or make arrangements to stay the night. Plan ahead so you’re not forced to make a decision after you have been drinking.
WSP encourages motorists to call 911 if they observe an impaired or aggressive driver. The caller will need to provide the location, direction of travel, a vehicle description (color, make, and model), a license plate if available, and a brief summary of what the vehicle is doing.
A car crashed through the doors of Shorecrest High School at 10 p.m. Feb. 5, then drove down the hall. The 17-year-old male driver was gone when Shoreline Police arrived. The school is at 15343 – 25th Ave NE.
The vehicle was driven about 75 yards down a hallway before crashing into a security office.
Two school workers were still on the property and heard the crash. There were no injuries. No students were present.
After speaking with the registered owner of the car, police located the 17-year-old driver about an hour and half later on school property. He was arrested and interviewed, then taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center for a mental evaluation. He was not booked into the youth center. He did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The boy is a resident of Lake Forest Park and a student at Shorecrest. The car was a 2002 Subaru Outback. It was pushed back down the hallway and out of the school, to be picked up by the owner later (the parents of the suspect).