West Seattle Crime Watch followup: $1 million bail for man arrested after deadly double shooting

(WSB photos from Saturday morning)
3:15 PM: We’re just out of the jailhouse courtroom downtown, where the 25-year-old West Seattle man arrested hours after Saturday morning’s 23rd SW double shooting has just had a bail hearing. After multiple reports of gunfire, police say, they found two men in the street – a 24-year-old who was dead at the scene, and a 34-year-old man who survived, but with life-threatening injuries. After a short hearing, the judge set bail at $1 million; the defense argued for $100,000, noting that (as reported here Saturday) the suspect has no felony convictions; he is currently being prosecuted for a drunk-driving arrest. We don’t yet have the probable-cause documents, which are likely to have some information on what led police to arrest this man blocks away from the shooting scene; once we do, we’ll update this story.

3:29 PM: Moments after we published this, the probable-cause documents came in. They say the suspect and the victim who was killed were former friends who had been in a dispute for five years over a $200 debt. The victim, according to court documents, called his brother, who also is described as part of the debt dispute, to say the suspect “had, or was about to jump him” at the scene where the shooting later happened. The brother had been downtown but rushed to the scene, where he first saw the suspect’s car, a white Ford Crown Victoria (which was impounded at the arrest scene on Saturday morning):

The brother said it was thought that a fight was going to happen – instead, he told police, the suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at him, so he ran, saying he then heard gunfire, and when he went back to the scene, officers were there, and the victim was lying in the street. The documents go on to say that police were familiar with the suspect and his car and knew that he lived in the 2600 block of SW Holden; they got a warrant to search the car and house. The car, found at the house, had gunshot damage. The court documents also say that while police were there, the suspect called, talked to his mother and to them, and said he would return to turn himself in, admitting he’d been involved in the shooting, and saying he had used a .40 caliber Glock handgun. Detectives say they found “several guns” in the house, including one of that type. Prosecutors have until Wednesday to file charges.

22 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch followup: $1 million bail for man arrested after deadly double shooting"

  • Eric October 26, 2015 (3:46 pm)

    Unless I’m reading this wrong, why does the suspect’s car have gunshot damage?

    • WSB October 26, 2015 (3:59 pm)

      Sorry, I would have cut and pasted the narrative and redacted names but it was not sent in a cut-and-pastable format. The inference is that it was hit by bullets at the scene. The probable-cause documents go on to say that when SWAT went to the suspect’s house (26th/Holden), they saw the car parked there “with a window and side mirror shot out. Glass from a mirror was found at the shooting scene.”

  • JanS October 26, 2015 (3:55 pm)

    so…a man is dead over a measly 200 bucks…is it really worth it to go to jail for years and years over that amount of money? Seriously? SMFH :(

  • clulessinws October 26, 2015 (5:20 pm)

    My sentiments exactly Jan.

  • Not following... October 26, 2015 (5:39 pm)

    So was it the brother who was also shot (and returned to find his dead brother), or was the second victim (the 34 yo) who survived someone other than the brother? I’m sure it’s me, but just not following here.

    • WSB October 26, 2015 (5:54 pm)

      The person who survived is someone other than the brother. The court documents at this stage give absolutely no indication who the survivor is, aside from saying that he arrived at the scene with the brother and two other people, all of whom were said to have jumped into a car “downtown” after the call from the man who was later killed. The documents at this point also do not explain the significance of the location – why everyone met there (did someone involved live there? or?). If charges are indeed filed, they will likely tell a more detailed story. – TR

  • Amber October 26, 2015 (6:48 pm)

    I live on that block. They did not live there. The shooter (and a group of other young men) have been using that spot as a regular hangout, and as a spot to deal drugs (or something in small packages that can be passed from pocket to hand). We neighbors have called in multiple noise, public drinking, and fighting disturbances over the past six months or so, centered around the people who patronize the drivers of the two white crown victorias. The police have had those license plates on file for months.

  • M October 26, 2015 (7:35 pm)

    Can anybody explain to me why the police appear to have done nothing to stop the continuing and overt drug dealing and other crimes at this location, despite continuing complaints by people living there, but will send half the cops in the city to deal with some crazy guy with a broken 22 rifle who threatens to hurt himself, like happened in Arbor heights a couple of weeks ago? Two freaking SWAT teams? How about next time they leave one of those teams behind, have them take off the GI Joe stuff, dress like people who might live in the neighborhood where there actually is blatant and real criminal activity taking place, gather evidence, and bust these creeps? Isn’t that why we have a police force?

  • Seattlite October 26, 2015 (7:56 pm)

    M — I have a good idea why law enforcement across the USA is pulling back. It’s partly due to DOJ’s policies that hinder law enforcement to protect citizens. The anti law enforcement movement from top political leaders is a part of it too. SPD does a great job in an extremely anti environment.

  • Richard October 26, 2015 (8:33 pm)

    You think calling out the SPD on constitutional violations is somehow anti-police? That’s absurd. We have constitutional protections in place to safeguard abuse of state power. The exercise of state power is most often in the form of law enforcement. Community policing doesn’t require repeated constitutional violations nor excessive force in order to be effective.

    I for one prefer my fourth, fifth, and fourteenth amendment protections and would like to see them protected.

  • Delmar October 26, 2015 (9:08 pm)

    M-Really? Maybe SPD should have formed a joint task force with DEA to “stop” such a sizable drug problem.

    And the comparison to SPD’s response to the other incident shows you don’t know Richard.


  • soi October 26, 2015 (9:13 pm)

    +1 Richard. In the US, we have law and order AND due process.

  • Anonymous October 27, 2015 (1:17 am)

    I love you bro you will forever be loved

  • Richard October 27, 2015 (7:10 am)

    Delmar – I’m a victim because I support constitutional protections and oversight? Huh? That makes zero sense.

    As for being prepared, I have a concealed carry permit and vigilantly call in any and all suspicious behavior in my neighborhood. I talk with my neighbors. I’m involved in the community.

    No one’s a victim here except the poor young man who lost his life last week.

  • Anonymous October 27, 2015 (8:53 am)

    This senseless crime over $200 has effect the lives of so many people, he was a great person, friend, son, brother, father and will be forever be missed and forever loved.

  • FriendofRomeo October 27, 2015 (10:20 am)

    Here is a nice article about OUR friend who will be sadly missed! We got you from here. “It’s like that, huh?”

  • Delmar October 27, 2015 (1:19 pm)

    Richard-Where in my comments did you happen to weave that tale? ….Stay vigilant

  • Johanne October 28, 2015 (1:25 am)

    What a beautiful tribute to your friend who died FriendofRomeo….I read the whole thing.

  • stephanie October 28, 2015 (2:22 pm)

    Does anyone know if the suspect has been charged?

    • WSB October 28, 2015 (2:36 pm)

      We have the request in for charging documents, assuming charges are filed, and will publish an update when we get word. Typically it’s toward the end of the afternoon. Once in a while the case # appears on the jail register item before prosecutors send documents but so far I’m not seeing it … TR

  • Anyomous October 29, 2015 (6:36 pm)

    They released the suspect

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