Suspect Allegedly Killed Officer Before Running Him Over

Suspect Allegedly Killed Officer Before Running Him Over

( – Everett, Washington, was the scene of senseless violence on March 25 when a perpetrator allegedly shot, killed, and then ran over Police Officer Dan Rocha. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s office said it has a 50-year-old suspect in custody for the heinous crime.

The suspect in the case, an unidentified male, was treated for minor injuries from crashing the Mini Cooper he used to run over Officer Rocha shortly after fleeing. He would go on to booking from there with charges pending. The incident began outside a local Starbucks, where the shooting occurred.

Everett Police Department Chief Dan Templeman, who hadn’t lost a cop since 1999, had heartfelt words for the fallen officer. He referred to the cop as a privilege to work with, noting that Rocha started as a parking attendant, working his way up to a fully sworn officer. A memorial fund for the officer is forthcoming.

KOMO News reports that several of Everett’s officials have released statements in support of Officer Rocha and his family, including Mayor Cassie Franklin and County Executive Dave Somers.

The tragedy unfolded as another officer lost in the line of duty was being honored nearby. Sheriff’s Deputy Dom Calata lost his life during a SWAT operation in Tacoma and they laid him to rest with honors at the same time the second loss rocked the town.

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