SEATTLE – Three teenage suspects have been charged in the deadly car chase that led to a suburb of Seattle officer is struck and killed by the pursuit of another officer in a patrol car.
The King County prosecutor on Wednesday filed felony murder charges against Emiliano Garcia, the 16-year-old driver of a pick-up truck that was fleeing from police early Sunday, which led to the official of the death. Garcia is charged as an adult.
Kent police officer Diego Moreno was on foot after the deployment of spike strips to slow the truck during the police chase when he was struck by the pursuing patrol car.
Prosecutors said Garcia and two minor passengers in the truck illegally fired weapons at a parking lot led to police attention, and then fled the scene recklessly during the police chase, causing the death and multiple injuries.
Prosecutors said that the teens were drinking beer and doing cocaine after trying to get into a bar in south suburban Renton after a birthday party. Garcia was behind the wheel with friends inside his father’s red truck and the passengers fired shots in the air in the parking lot.
She said that she is trying to scare off a group of older men, but then in panic after seeing the police fled. The police said that the truck went as fast as 95 mph (153 km / h).
The two teen passengers are also charged with illegal gun possession, and one of them is also facing a drug possession charge. They will be charged as juveniles.
Has the police on Wednesday also called the officer, who crashed in Moreno as Officer Mark Williams, an 18-year veteran of the department. Williams was in critical condition in the hospital with a serious leg injury after the crash but has now been released for recovery.”
Kent police chief Rafael Padilla in a statement praised Williams as one of their best “who was doing his job when tragedy struck.”
Meanwhile, the community is the grieving Moreno’s death. A wake was held on Wednesday, when his widow spoke to the crowd. Moreno is survived by his wife and two young children.
“Thank you for grieving with me. Your presence soothes my pain,” the widow said.
The fallen officer is a Venezuela native who was remembered as a family man and decorated officer. Moreno was honored last year by the city with a Lifesaving Medal for rescuing someone from an opioid overdose. In 2016, he has been praised for rescuing an elderly woman from a fire.