POLICE SGT. AND CRIME SUSPECT FACE OFF IN GUN FIGHT IN BREMERTON
April 15, 2014
(BREMERTON, WA) -- The Washington State Patrol is investigating an officer involved shooting in Bremerton Monday morning.
The incident occurred around 9:43 am in front of a residence in the 3700 block of West “F” Street, in the Navy Yard City area of Bremerton.
The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office says patrol deputies were in Navy Yard City to investigate complaints of burglaries to a church and church-owned buildings, as well as a business in the area.
As a follow-up to the reported burglaries, a sheriff’s sergeant was patrolling the neighborhood when he noticed the suspect walking in the area.
"The sergeant stopped his vehicle to initiate contact. During the course of this encounter the suspect pulled a handgun that was hidden on his person. Gunshots between the suspect and the sergeant were reported fired at 9:43 a.m.," said Deputy Sheriff Scott Wilson.
Wilson says the suspect then "feigned surrender" and ran away. A pursuit of the suspect on foot ensued for about five minutes.
The West Hills STEMAcademy, located nearby, went into lockdown for a brief period of time.
A sheriff’s deputy and Bremerton police officer apprehended the suspect two blocks away, in the 900 block of Charlotte Avenue West. The suspect was booked into Kitsap County Jail on a charge of assault, 1st degree. Bail was set at $1 million, said Wilson.
No sheriff’s personnel were injured in the shooting. Medics from South Kitsap Fire & Rescue treated the suspect for a minor abrasion but the suspect was not hospitalized.
At the request of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office the investigation into the shooting is being conducted by detectives from the Washington State Patrol.
As is standard practice in law enforcement the sergeant involved in this incident has been temporarily placed on administrative assignment, pending completion of the WSP investigation and subsequent administrative investigation by the sheriff’s office.