On March 1st, in the late afternoon, officers and Gang Unit detectives were monitoring a large gathering of people attending a viewing of a recent homicide victim. Several times throughout the event, officers and detectives had to break up disturbances among people attending the viewing in the 9000 Block of Rainier Avenue South.
At approximately 5:15 pm, a vehicle drove past the viewing location on Rainier Avenue South and revved the engine in an apparent attempt to draw attention. Detectives recognized the vehicle. As detectives got behind the vehicle, they observed the driver ducking down behind the wheel and reaching toward the center console...
Detectives pulled the car over, recovered a loaded gun from the glovebox, and arrested the 22-year-old driver of the car, who happened to be a convicted felon. "It is the belief of the detectives that the suspect intended to get as close to the viewing as possible and commit a shooting," the Blotter states. If that was the driver's intent, this was pretty fine police work—and an indication that SPD is taking our "public safety emergency" very seriously.
I know it's stupid to expect a code of conduct from criminals, but disrupting a gunshot victim's wake with further gun violence is pretty reprehensible.