Officer killed, trainee hurt in Seattle shooting
SEATTLE - Police searched for clues yesterday in a shooting that killed a police officer and injured a trainee, marking the city’s first officer killed in the line of duty since 2006.
Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said an officer was training a student officer in a marked patrol car Saturday night when their vehicle was struck several times by gunfire shortly after 10 p.m.
Pugel said the gunfire came from a car that had pulled up alongside the parked cruiser in the mostly residential Central District, east of downtown Seattle. The officer was struck and killed in the car. The student officer ducked, then returned fire, Pugel said. “The officer was murdered,’’ Pugel said.
The investigation continued through the night. Early yesterday, Pugel said officers did not have a suspect or a suspect vehicle. A news conference was tentatively scheduled for yesterday afternoon.
In August 2006, rookie officer Joselito Barber was killed when a woman drove her sport utility vehicle through a red light and broadsided his patrol car.