Competency hearing set for man charged in fatal bus stop shooting

Sep 19, 2022, 6:48 PM | Updated: Oct 19, 2022, 4:34 pm

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A judge ordered an in-jail competency hearing for a man accused of a deadly bus stop shooting in North Seattle.

Prosecutors said shortly after 12 a.m. Aug. 30, Ira Washington killed a man and took his phone at 145th St. and Aurora Ave. Officers arrived at the E Line bus stop, where they found the victim, Matthew Tripp, on the ground with four gunshot wounds to his back, according to charging papers.

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Court documents stated Washington also critically wounded someone else, a 46-year-old man who was taken to Harborview Medical Center for emergency surgery to treat a gunshot wound to the torso.

Washington was eventually arrested on a Metro bus Sept. 1, where police said he was armed with a stolen weapon, a 9mm handgun stored in his waistband.

According to charging documents, Washington is not allowed to legally own a firearm.

Washington was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His initial plea is delayed by the in-jail competency hearing.

His bail was set at $5,000,000.

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