EVERETT, WA- As a community mourns the loss of Everett Police Officer Dan Rocha, who was shot and killed in the line of duty, records indicate that the suspect accused in the death has a lengthy criminal history.
.@EverettPolice Officer Dan Rocha was answering a call from his community about a suspicious person when the man shot & killed him. Officer Rocha led a life of significance—his work mattered. My prayers are with his wife and children. We must #NeverForget. #CopsCountPoliceMatter pic.twitter.com/7jqESZGMBs
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) March 27, 2022
The accused suspect, 50-year-old Richard James Rotter has a criminal record including at least 18 felonies and hundreds of contacts with Kennewick Police over several years.
As of Saturday, March 26th, Rotter was being held on suspicion of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and first-degree murder of a police officer with a gun.
The deadly incident occurred near a Starbucks shop located in the 1000-block of Broadway Avenue at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, March 25th.
Rocha was murdered in the line of duty while investigating a report of a suspicious individual. When 41-year-old Rocha arrived on scene, he made contact with Rotter in the shop’s parking lot. According to police, at some point during the encounter, a scuffle broke out between Officer Rocha and the suspect, at which point the suspect to open fire.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, at least one bullet hit Officer Rocha in his head. Investigators said that while fleeing the scene, the gunman then ran over the slain officer’s body with a vehicle.
Police pursued the suspect, who was reportedly driving a Mini Cooper, before he crashed into multiple vehicles near Rucker Avenue and 35th Street. A white van was flipped onto its side from the impact of the collision.
Thank you to our community for the outpouring of support you have shown us since Officer Rocha was killed in the line of duty.
For those in the community who would like to honor Officer Rocha, we have set up a memorial in front of our North Precinct (3002 Wetmore Ave). pic.twitter.com/BFy5c0YGm8
— Everett Police (@EverettPolice) March 26, 2022
According to authorities, the suspect emerged from the crash with minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment before being booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
In a press release, the Everett Police Department (EPD) stated that the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal incident. The press release said, in part:
“Officer Rocha, 41, had lived in Everett for over a decade and served with the Everett Police Department since 2017. He first worked in parking enforcement and in 2018 became a fully commissioned police officer.”
The statement added:
“He served the City of Everett as a patrol officer in North Everett for most of his career and was well respected by both the community and his fellow officers. His loss will forever leave a void in our agency and our community. Officer Rocha is survived by his wife, two sons, and large extended family.”
Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman said that the agency has established a memorial fund and is planning a ceremony to honor Officer Rocha. The chief said:
“He was a great man, a great father, and a great husband. His crew members loved working with him and he loved his job.”
Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin released a statement in the wake of the fallen hero:
“I am devastated by the loss of our Officer Dan Rocha, a valued member of our Everett Police Department who was killed today in the line of duty. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones as well as our entire Everett Police Department grieving this senseless loss.”
With honor, we are humbled to have been able to assist the Everett Police Honor Guard with the transport of fallen Officer Rocha to a private funeral home today.
— Everett Fire WA (@EverettFire) March 28, 2022
In a written statement, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said that the county would support Everett and its police department. He said:
“Our hearts ache for the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen Everett officer, Dan Rocha. on behalf of Snohomish County, we offer our deepest condolences to the entire community shaken by this loss of life and our thanks those police officers who will be out keeping our community safe, even under the shadow of this tragedy.”
Bail for Rotter has reportedly been set a $5 million. Detectives with SMART are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting or who may have surveillance footage of it to contact them at 425-338-3845.
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DC Police officer shot and wounded after cops approach a suspicious man on the street
January 24th, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – Following the recent shooting death of a Harris County Deputy Constable and NYPD officer, a Metropolitan Police Officer in Washington, DC has been shot.
Thankfully, the injuries he received were considered non-life-threatening.
DC Police Officer Shot in Northwest | NBC4 Washington https://t.co/caq2LPGweC
— The Chestnut Post (@TheChestnutPost) January 24, 2022
Metropolitan Police Deputy Director Kristen Metzger reported that officers noticed a man was acting unusual on the 1400 block of Quincy, which caused them to approach him.
As the officers were walking towards the unidentified suspect, he allegedly pulled a gun and fired several rounds, striking one of the officers who did not return fire.
The suspect fled the area on foot with MPD officers giving chase where he allegedly fled into a building in the area. The MPD’s SWAT team was activated and cleared the building without finding the suspect.
The injured officer was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released. MPD released the following statement on Twitter:
“The Fourth District officer that was shot in the line of duty tonight was treated and released from the hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery and thank him for his courageous efforts.”
— Tisha Lewis FOX 5 DC (@TishaLewis) January 24, 2022
The Metropolitan Police Department is not releasing many details on this active investigation. However, they are requesting anyone with information to please contact them immediately.
This shooting comes on the heels of another one in Harris County, Texas, where a deputy Constable was shot and killed before he was even able to get out of his vehicle after stopping a car.
That incident occurred in the early morning hours of January 23rd after Harris County Precinct 5 Corporal Charles Galloway pulled over a Toyota for an unknown violation.
When both vehicles stopped, a younger hispanic man exited his vehicle and began firing on Corporal Galloway before he could even exit his car. After the shooting, the suspect got back into his car and fled the area as Corporal Galloway sat dying in his patrol vehicle.
The suspect, in that case, has yet to be identified.
RIP Harris County Precinct 5 Cpl. Charles Galloway https://t.co/56jJxtijl0
— National Police Association (@NatPoliceAssoc) January 23, 2022
Before Corporal Galloway lost his life, officers from the New York Police Department responded to a domestic situation on January 21st in Harlem.
While the officers were attempting to talk to the male half of the situation, the suspect, identified as Lashawn McNeil, jumped out of a bedroom and opened fire, striking and killing NYPD Officer Jason Rivera and critically wounding NYPD Officer Wilber Mora.
A third officer who was on the scene returned fire after getting McNeil’s mother out of harm’s way. McNeil was struck twice, once in the head and arm. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
These attacks come as the National Fraternal Order of Police showed ambush-style attacks on police officers increased throughout 2021 by 126 percent over 2020. While the cause of the increase is debatable, one fact is not, there is continuing to be an increase in law enforcement officers killed nationwide.
In 2021, the county saw a total of 458 police officers killed in the line of duty which makes it the deadliest since 1930 which saw 312 officers killed. In 2020, there were a total of 295 police officers killed in the line of duty.
We stand in solidarity with our brothers & sisters @NYPD32Pct as we mourn the loss of a NYPD Officer who was shot & killed in the line of duty and pray for a 2nd Officer fighting for his life after being shot. God Bless!#fidelisadmortem pic.twitter.com/BIYu7tvwyW
— NYPD 106th Precinct (@NYPD106Pct) January 22, 2022
On January 5th, the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Patrick Yoes, spoke about the causes of the line of duty deaths as well as the increase.
While the leading causes thus far are related to COVID-19, he notes the felonious increases in violence towards officers as well as the “nationwide crime crisis fueled by rogue prosecutors.” He added:
“At a time when America’s law enforcement is under attack – physically, professionally, rhetorically – we owe it to our more than 364,000 members, the more than 800,000 men and women of law enforcement, and the families of these officers to ensure that the media and the general public are aware of the real and looming dangers the American police officer is facing.
“Despite all of this, the brave men and women of law enforcement will continue to hold the line, stand in between good and evil, and work tirelessly to protect the communities they serve.”
Law enforcement in Harris County, Texas has started a large manhunt after yet another police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty. The fallen officer, Corporal Charles Galloway, died after being shot during a traffic stop just before 1 am.
According to investigators, Corporal Galloway had stopped what is being described as a younger Hispanic male who was driving a white four door Toyota Avalon for an unknown reason.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner alleged witnesses in the area saw the traffic stop and the suspect exited the car before Corporal Galloway had a chance to get out of the patrol vehicle.
Chief Finner alleged the suspect immediately started firing rounds toward Corporal Galloway and his vehicle with what he described as being some sort of assault-styled weapon. Chief Finner said:
“He [the suspect] got out of his vehicle, immediately fired upon the deputy multiple times, striking him and then drove off.”
Chief Finner noted that it did not appear that Corporal Galloway even had the opportunity to unholster his weapon before the shots were fired.
Law enforcement and medics responded to the area and transported Corporal Galloway to the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Constable Ted Heap responded to the hospital and addressed the media after Corporal Galloway had died. He told the media and all listening:
“This has got to stop.”
The murder investigation will be handled by the Houston Police Department who has no doubt that they will bring the killer to justice. Chief Finner wanted the suspect to understand his best course of action is to surrender himself immediately. Chief Finner said:
“A message to this suspect, the best thing you can do is turn yourself in peacefully.”
Corporal Galloway’s murder comes only a few months after the agency lost another deputy, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Kareem Atkins. Deputy Atkins was shot to death after he and his partner were outside of a sports bar and were ambushed by a 19-year-old man.
That man was located and arrested in December and charged with capital murder in the case.
Constable Heap commented on the loss his agency feels after the loss of both officers. He said:
“These are not assaults, these are not attacks, these are brutal, brutal murders. We have to put an end to this. We cannot have people like this on our streets. I don’t want to raise my family, my grandchildren in a country where this type of crime is running rampant.”
Constable Heap said that Corporal Galloway has left behind a sister and daughter. The 12-and-a-half-year veteran was assigned to the midnight shift so that he could help the agency with being a field training officer.
Because Corporal Galloway was a field training officer, his loss personally affects more deputies than normal as he trained a good portion of them. He said:
“There are a lot of very broken up officers who [Galloway] meant a lot in their lives because he was the one sitting in the front seat with them. He was the one who was teaching them what to do and how to get home safely to their families.”
Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring updates once they have identified the suspect and when he is eventually taken into custody. Until then, Corporal Galloway rest easy, we have the watch from here.
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