The WSBeat: Poor target choice; shots fired into the air; more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*Near 12th and Holden early Sunday, a young man let fly with an egg. He realized too late that the target coming around the corner was a police vehicle. The 13-year-old was taken to the precinct and eventually released to his mother. The officer spent 30 minutes scrubbing egg from the squad car.

4 more summaries ahead:

*Late last Friday, two officers drove by 27th and Kenyon just in time to see an “armed arm” emerge from a parked car and fire several shots into the air. Both driver and passenger were quickly apprehended and cuffed. Two casings were found in the area, and officers confiscated a loaded pistol and magazine that were in plain view on the floor of the car. The passenger, a 30-year-old with convictions for domestic violence assault, was carrying two loaded magazines in his front pants pocket. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of unlawful possession of a firearm. The 21-year-old driver was released.

*Alleged street racers fled the scene at 3 a.m. Sunday when an officer arrived to investigate at Highland Park Way and West Marginal. But the man who appeared to be “flagging” the race was held for questioning. The Federal Way resident was carrying a .45 semi-automatic pistol loaded with 11 rounds (the first four being hollow-points). He did have a concealed weapons permit. As his car was partially blocking the street, the officer had it towed. He was not booked but faces investigation of pedestrian interference and a traffic violation for aiding and abetting. He was released from the Southwest Precinct and told how to retrieve both his car and his ammunition.

*A 46-year-old Monroe resident was booked into King County Jail early last Saturday after a Seattle Schools security officer saw him trying to steal copper wire at the former Boren Middle School. The suspect tried to hide in a crawl space but came out quickly when confronted by a K9 officer’s four-legged friend. A bag of suspected stolen goods was also found in the vicinity.

*It Takes a (philosophical and illiterate) Thief: Whoever stole 20 feet of generator cable from a Delridge business on Monday left a graffiti message behind, bemoaning: “It’s a krupt nation.”

WSB Editor’s Note: The WSBeat has an archive category of its own, though we’re still linking the weekly reports on the WSB Crime Watch page, so you can catch it there if you miss it in the main news stream. We also continue to publish crime reports the rest of the week, when we get tips or hear noteworthy incidents via the scanner, so don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening.

9 Replies to "The WSBeat: Poor target choice; shots fired into the air; more"

  • Been There March 26, 2011 (4:51 am)

    Megan, Are you able to provide a block range of the Delridge Way philospher cable thief?

  • curious March 26, 2011 (8:01 am)

    Ah, I think the 13 yr old should have scrubbed the car! At least that’s what would have happened when I was 13.

  • J March 26, 2011 (8:41 am)

    Yes, why not have the 13-year-old scrub the car? This would have been an absolutely appropriate, and likely most effective, consequence.

  • miws March 26, 2011 (9:30 am)

    That was my first thought when I read this earlier. I almost commented then, but got distracted.


    I think having him thoroughly scrub it with a toothbrush would have been appropriate.



  • mike March 26, 2011 (10:21 am)

    Have the kid scrub the police car in the parking lot of his school. School assembly anyone…

  • motorzen March 26, 2011 (10:42 am)

    The Federal Way resident was carrying a .45 semi-automatic pistol loaded with 11 rounds (the first four being hollow-points). He did have a concealed weapons permit.

    While I understand this column has a certain “personality”, I can’t help but wonder why this particular information was included here. It feels like it’s imposing a particular view about guns, which doesn’t seem relevant to the story. I suppose a case could be made that the person in question wasn’t exhibiting the best judgement, but if someone is legally carrying a weapon, why all the detail about the amount and type of ammunition?

  • coffee March 26, 2011 (1:40 pm)

    I agree about having the 13 year old scrub the car, but then the lawyers would have to get involved, and heavens knows what other groups, to complain about child labor, etc. And yes, I would have been forced to clean it when I was a kid and probably with a toothbrush too…

  • GenHillOne March 26, 2011 (2:35 pm)

    I don’t think lawyers would have to get involved if the parent made the 13yo wash the car…which is exactly what would have happened (for starters) if it had been MY kid.

  • MEK March 26, 2011 (10:46 pm)

    The 13 year old’s parents would have cried abuse, sued the police & the poor poor little guy would have been on the 5 o’clock news!
    Not the way most of us were raised!

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