Suspect in deadly trail shooting arrested after high-speed chase

A suspect wanted in connection to a homicide case was taken into custody after a pursuit involving multiple agencies through South King County Tuesday night, June 19, 2018. (Photo: Des Moines Police)

DES MOINES, Wash. - A man suspected of killing a woman in Kent last week was arrested early Wednesday after a high-speed police chase through South King County.

Investigators had been searching for the man in connection with the shooting death of an 18-year-old woman on Saturday, said Kent police Cmdr. Jarod Kasner. Detectives found him at a home in South Seattle on Tuesday night, and they tried to arrest him as he drove away, Kasner said.

The high-speed pursuit wound through Des Moines and Kent. The man’s car stopped after spike strips were put in the roadway and police performed a PIT maneuver, Kasner said.

Kasner said the man arrested for investigation of homicide is a 19-year-old from SeaTac.

“As this is a terrible tragedy and we are working hard to bring justice to the family of the victim,” Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla said in a statement.

Kasner said police were called to the wooded area in the 24600 block of 26th Place South for a welfare check on Saturday night. They found a woman next to the trail who was unconscious “with labored breathing.” She died at the scene from a single gunshot wound.

Des Moines Police Chief Ken Thomas said his officers assisted Kent police.

“The Des Moines Police Department was requested to assist with the arrest of a suspect believed to be involved in a murder investigation,” Thomas said. “The operation turned into a pursuit and I am proud of the work by all of the officers involved who were able to safely take the suspect into custody with nobody getting hurt.”

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