Got them! Two arrested after police say they ambushed an officer, targeted him in a shooting

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RENTON, WATwo suspects have been arrested for allegedly opening fire from across an intersection on a Renton Police officer earlier in September, which investigators believe that the shooting was a targeted incident.

Luckily, neither the officer not any other bystander was injured during the volley of gunfire.

The incident happened just before 5:00 p.m. on September 7th near the intersection of Talbot Road and South Grady Way.

Renton Police Detective Robert Onishi said that one of their officers in a marked patrol unit had just stopped on Talbot Road South waiting to turn east on South Grady Way when she heard numerous gunshots going off.

Detective Onishi said that the officer ducked for cover while inside of her patrol vehicle:

“The first thing she did was duck for cover in her car. Then once the shooting stopped, she popped back up again, and people were pointing out a vehicle that was speeding off.”

It was later determined that the gunshots came from the Chevron parking lot near the intersection, and witnesses pointed out two suspects that were driving a red Kia who were reportedly trying to leave the scene after the shooting.

A short pursuit of the suspects ensued, and they were later taken into custody without further incident. The names of the suspects have not been released yet by officials, only noting that the suspected shooter is a 24-year-old man from Kirkland and that the driver is a 23-year-old man from Seattle.

When investigating the scene of the shooting, Detective Onishi said that as many as 15 gunshots were fired by the suspect during the incident:

“Turned out to be a pretty fair amount of gunfire. We recovered, I think, 15 casings in the parking lot there.”

Investigators also say that surveillance video recovered from the scene, that has no been released publicly yet due to it being an ongoing investigation, leads police to believe that the shooting incident was targeted directly at the officer in her patrol unit, according to Detective Onishi:

“There was no other indication that anybody else downrange there behaved as if they were the target of an attack.”

The brazen nature of the shooting is further emphasized by the fact that the incident occurred within one block from the Renton Police Department.

The suspected shooter has since been booked under charges of first-degree assault and drive by shooting and the driver was booked under charges of drive by shooting and attempting to elude pursuing police.

Officials are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident that has yet to be interviewed by police to please call the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500 and reference case number 21-8883.

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This incident in Renton comes mere days after another officer was targeted in a shooting in Washington, which luckily the officer from the September 3rd incident was also unharmed. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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FEDERAL WAY, WA – A Federal Way Police officer was shot at while stopped at a traffic light earlier in September in what’s being described as an ambush. Luckily, the officer wasn’t injured during the incident, but the suspect is at large.

According to authorities, the incident occurred on September 3rd at approximately 3:25 p.m. while an unnamed officer was stopped at a traffic light on Pacific Highway South near S. 330th Street.

The officer, who was in a clearly marked police SUV was shot at, according to Federal Way Police Commander Kurt Schwan, after a vehicle pulled up alongside the officer and an occupant inside opened fire.

Despite the police SUV being struck multiple times by the suspect’s gunfire during the incident, the officer was unharmed. The suspect’s vehicle, described as a silver sedan, then fled the scene and was able to elude police following a police pursuit.

Detectives are currently investigating the incident.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

In other news regarding officers coming under fire, an Anchorage Police officer in Alaska was shot and injured during a struggle with a suspect earlier in September.

The incident occurred on the evening of September 3rd after police received a called about shots fired at approximately 10:15 p.m. in the 4100 block of Lena Court.

Witnesses had told police that there was some sort of a verbal altercation inside of a residence involving numerous people and that an intoxicated 29-year-old male, who was armed, left the residence and started firing shots in the area.

When police responded, they had searched the general area for approximately 40 minutes and could not find the suspect. After officers left, police received another call at approximately 11:40 p.m. that the suspect had returned to the area and the officers were dispatched once again.

press release from the Anchorage Police Department noted the following regarding the officers returning to the scene:

“Three officers approached the suspect and attempted to take him into custody. During this time, a struggle ensued, and an officer’s firearm was discharged striking another officer in the lower body.”

“Multiple officers immediately began rendering aid to the injured officer until our partners with the Anchorage Fire Department arrived. The officer was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries and in surgery. The suspect was also transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

The suspect, later identified as Justin Constantine, has since been charged with multiple counts of misconduct involving a weapon and violating conditions of release.

Chief Kenneth McCoy was glad that no officers were killed during the incident:

“We are dealing with a very serious situation where one of our officers has been shot. His prognosis is very good. I’m incredibly thankful we didn’t lose an officer tonight. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.”

Since an officer’s weapon was discharged during the incident, the Office of Special Prosecutions is reviewing the incident and the officer whose firearm was discharged was placed on a standard administrative leave for four days.

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Manhunt underway after two auxiliary police officers ambushed, shot while sitting in their personal vehicle

(Originally published September 6th, 2021)

LORAIN, OH- According to reports, the Lorain Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect who allegedly drove by and fired shots into a car, hitting two auxiliary officers.

Just after 2 a.m. on September 5th, two Lorain Police Auxiliary Officers, in full uniform and in their personal vehicle, were on their way home after working a support patrol shift. 

As they were driving in the 1600 block of E. 34th St, they noticed a vehicle aggressively tailgating their car. After pulling over to the side of the road to let the car pass, the tailgating vehicle pulled alongside their car and someone from inside the vehicle fired several rounds at the officer’s personal vehicle.

According to authorities, the driver, 20-year-old Officer Michael Mizen was shot in the finger and the passenger, 20-year-old Officer William Mott was shot in the forehead.

The suspect vehicle, which has been described as “newer” and “dark colored, sped off immediately after firing off the rounds. Officer Mizen was treated for the injury to his finger and released from Mercy Hospital.

Officer Mott was treated for a non-life threatening injury to his head and he was also released from Mercy Hospital. Both officers were released from the hospital just a few hours after the incident. Sgt. Jacob Morris told FOX 8 in a statement:

“We’re very fortunate that nobody did lose their life or we’re fortunate that nobody was, you know, injured to the point where they’re permanently disabled.”

Morris added:

“Any help that we can get is obviously much appreciated. Really, it’s helping the city. No matter what the situation is, whether it was somebody who was targeting law enforcement officers or whether it was somebody who was randomly committing acts of violence. Either way, there’s not a good scenario. There’s not a justifiable scenario here.”

He continued:

“This is somebody who clearly has very little regard for human life and is either impulsive or vindictive to the point where they’re a danger to society.”

The Lorain Police Detective Bureaus responded to the scene of the shooting and the incident remains under investigation. Authorities are encouraging anyone with information about the incident to call the Lorain Police Department Detective Bureau at 440-204-2105.

In a separate incident in San Antonio, Texas, one person was killed and two others hospitalized after gunfire rang out in the evening of September 5th.

Authorities have yet to identify the victims, but did say the individual who died appeared to be in their high-teens or early-2os. As of this writing, it is unclear if a suspect has been arrested. One injured victim was shot in the torso and is in critical condition. The other victim was shot in the hand.

The victims reportedly pulled up to nearby police in a vehicle, saying they had been shot, but the circumstances of the violence still remain unclear.

San Antonio Police said they received several shots fired calls on the afternoon of September 5th. Police have not yet confirmed if the shooting incidents are related as both remain under investigation. 

In another incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a 31-year-old man who pointed a gun at police early in the morning on September 3rd, is dead after two separate carjackings and a short car pursuit in Franklin.

The suspect has since been identified as 31-year-old David Marshall. A news release from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began early morning on September 3rd when the suspect kidnapped kidnapped a male victim near the 1700 block of South 26th St.

After the kidnapping, the suspect drove the victim to three stores along South 27th St. in Milwaukee and Franklin where the victim told store personnel that he had been kidnapped. 

At one of the stores, someone reported to police that there was an active shooter. Officers responded to the scene and it is believed that as officers closed int, the suspect abandoned the vehicle he was driving and stole a second car.

The suspect led police on a car case southbound on Interstate 94. After exiting the highway, the suspect crashed into a business parking lot and stole another vehicle at gunpoint. He then continued and struck another car at 27th and Sycamore Street. After that crash, he came out of the vehicle with a firearm. The news released said:

“He was engaged by four deputies, one Franklin officer and four Oak Creek officers and was fatally shot.”

Per departmental policies, all deputies and officers are on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation. 

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