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Kent Police searching for murder suspect who shot mother’s boyfriend

Oct 31, 2022, 12:34 PM
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Kent Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on East Hill near the 14300 block of SE 282nd Street just after 10 p.m. Saturday.

Neighbors told officers they heard gunshots coming from the house, and when officers got on the scene and found that a man was severely bleeding from gunshot wounds.

Officers began life-saving medical aid, and Fire Department Medics assisted in saving the man’s life.

Kent Police received information from a witness saying that she and her boyfriend were in a physical altercation inside their residence when her adult son shot her boyfriend several times. The shooter took off before officers arrived on the scene.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center but died early Sunday morning. The shooting victim is a 45-year-old Kent resident.

Officers recovered a 9mm handgun at the scene. Detectives believe it is the same one used in the shooting and is being analyzed.

The suspect is identified as a 20-year-old Kent man, and detectives are searching for him. All three people involved in this incident lived at the residence. It appears that the violence committed by the suspect in this incident is specific to the dynamics of this family.

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Retail thefts stopped in Renton Target and Lowes

On Oct. 19, members of the Renton Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) and Patrol Operations Unit teamed up with loss prevention personnel at Target and Lowes in Renton.

They were conducting an operation that resulted in multiple arrests and the recovery of thousands of dollars of in-store items.

In six hours, 12 suspects were arrested and charged with varying degrees of theft. Renton Police say SET will continue to partner with area retailers to prevent the ongoing problem of organized retail theft in the city.

Tacoma Police investigate fast food restaurant robbery

This past weekend Tacoma Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at a fast-food restaurant in the 3100 block of South 38th Street. Officers say a man held an employee at gunpoint and demanded money.

Tacoma Police say a responding officer saw the suspect taking off with the gun still in his hand. The suspect entered an occupied ten and held the victims inside at gunpoint.

Officers set up a perimeter and began talking with the suspect over a vehicle PA system. The officer convinced the suspect to leave the tent and surrender.

The officer convinced the suspect to come out of the tent and surrender. The 34-year-old male was taken into custody and booked for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon, and felony warrants.

The handgun and stolen money were recovered.

Man shot at Ballingham Halloween party

Police are investigating after an altercation led to a fatal shooting at a Halloween party in Bellingham on Friday.

At about 11:59 p.m., police responded to a reported shooting in the 500 block of East Myrtle Street.

Arriving officers found a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the torso inside the doorway of a residence.

Police took over lifesaving measures from witnesses who were already performing CPR before transferring care to Bellingham Fire Department medics.

The man died of his injuries at the scene.

Witnesses told police the shooting occurred after an altercation between the victim and Brian A. Pantoja, 22.

Pantoja reportedly shot the victim in the chest, then fled the scene with his friends, according to police.

After responding to the residence, officers immediately began searching for Pantoja, who was linked to a white Dodge Charger, which was involved in a hit-and-run collision earlier in the night.

Police returned to the scene of the hit-and-run and witnessed the Dodge Charger leaving the area, but were unable to contact Pantoja.

Officers continued to search for him, with the support of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, and eventually located the vehicle in a parking lot in the 1900 block of Alabama Street.

With the help of two K-9s, police were able to determine that Pantoja was inside a nearby apartment.

Police were watching the apartment when they saw him walking out to a waiting car. He was then taken into custody without incident.

He was later booked into the Whatcom County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.

As Pantoja is a convicted felon, he is not permitted to have a firearm.

Detectives and crime scene investigators with BPD will continue to investigate this incident.

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Kent Police searching for murder suspect who shot mother’s boyfriend