FOLLOWUP: What led to this morning’s Puget Ridge chase, crash, arrest

Just received more information on the police search we covered earlier this morning.


(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

That’s the arrest that ended the search around 7:45 am in the 5200 block of 17th SW on Puget Ridge. That’s not far from where the search began, after this 6:30 am car crash nearby, at 16th SW and SW Dawson:

As we reported, this was primarily a King County Sheriff’s Office case, with Seattle Police from the Southwest Precinct assisting in the search. The incident originated in White Center. KCSO spokesperson Det. Jessica Santos says it started when a “deputy sitting in his patrol car with his windows rolled down heard a gunshot near SW 107th and 15th Ave SW. The deputy then observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and drove behind it. The vehicle took off and the deputy activated his emergency vehicle equipment. The driver failed to stop for the deputy,” and a pursuit ensued. The crash scene is 3.5 miles from where the gunshot was heard (here’s a map). Det. Santos says “bullets were found on the suspect” and confirms that “a bomb dog is currently searching for evidence.” The suspect is reported to have suffered minor injuries and was treated before being booked into jail; no one else was hurt. We’ll be checking later on his status. Det. Santos’s report also mentions that nearby South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) was “in lockdown for safety” – as WSB commenters noted in discussion following our first story – and “has since been reopened.”

9 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: What led to this morning's Puget Ridge chase, crash, arrest"

  • Halle Davis June 13, 2017 (10:47 am)

    I live behind 16t and heard the whole thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nice June 13, 2017 (11:36 am)

    Nice to see that the suspect has a JC Landscaping t-shirt on. They’re based in White Center. Might be in need of a new job after this. 

    • WSB June 13, 2017 (11:55 am)

      As are suspects innocent until proven guilty, please remember that apparel doesn’t necessarily mean association.

      • Seattlite June 13, 2017 (1:17 pm)

        You’re correct but it’s a nice clue.

  • PE June 13, 2017 (12:13 pm)

    Tabs on wrecked car are expired (02/17).  Just a datapoint I know, just annoyingly common in Seattle for some reason.

    • Tim J June 13, 2017 (12:23 pm)

      Rising car tab costs (light rail).  You also see a lot of cars with out of state plates due to the cost of licensing and car tabs in King County/Seattle. 

      • PE June 13, 2017 (1:11 pm)

        I agree. It was bad before, will be even worse now. I think in state tabs are hard to enforce based on lack of staff. There’s a law on how long you have before you have to get WA plates if coming from out of state but I bet that’s hard to enforce as well. I remember seeing King 5 do a story on it in 1996.

  • 56bricks June 13, 2017 (5:08 pm)

    Kinda like the gun and bullet tax.  Where do you think that revenue went?  Yeah,we sure showed ’em.

  • Sarge June 20, 2017 (12:41 pm)

     Seem like every shooting in West Seattle lately involves a Chevy Impala.

    Seattle just needs to impose an Impala tax to curb vehicle related gun violence.

    Or an SPD Impala buy back program. $500 each, well over their current street value.

    Non-factory installed rims over 20″ in diameter and rims plated in gold can be taxed as well.

    If you’ve got $5 grand for a set of gold Dayton’s you can afford the Donk tax. 

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