by Neal McNamara
(This article was previously published on Patch.com and has been reprinted with permission)
Following a national trend in recent years, violent crime in Seattle has risen since Chief Kathleen O’Toole took charge of the department in June 2014, according to SPD and FBI statistics. Between 2008 and 2013, violent crime was up and down each year, but since 2014, the total number of violent crime incidents has trended upward. Continue reading Seattle Crime Trends A Mixed Bag Under SPD Chief O’Toole
By Neal McNamara
Che’Reonna L. Thomas, 20, was shot in early July a few days before her 20th birthday.
A 20-year-old woman who was shot in a drive-by in South Seattle July 1 has since died, the King County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed. Che’Reonna L. Thomas, 20, died Aug. 7 of a gunshot wound, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner. Continue reading Police Still Seeking Leads in Case of Drive-by Shooting Victim
by Emerald Staff
The King County Sheriff’s office says that two men died after a shooting at Lucky Dragonz Casino/ Skyway Park Bowl early Friday morning, and suspect a third person has some involvement in the incident.
None of the men have yet been identified. No information has been provided about the third suspect. Continue reading Police Investigating Lucky Dragonz Shooting That Left 2 Dead
by Emerald Staff
Seattle Police say they are investigating after occupants of two vehicles exchanged gunfire of the 4800 block of Rainier Avenue South on Monday evening on the Columbia City neighborhood.
Continue reading Police Investigating Columbia City Shooting
by William Sweger
Seattle police say a woman was fatally shot in the parking lot of Borracchini’s Bakery near the North Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Police believe the car the woman occupied was the target of the attack. The shooting occurred around 6:00pm Wednesday evening.
Continue reading One Dead, Another Injured After Shooting at Borracchini’s
by Erica C Barnett
(This article was originally published on C is for Crank and has been reprinted with permission)
Last month, the Seattle Police Department and City Council member Mike O’Brien announced that the city would spend $2 million over the next two years to reinstate the mothballed Community Service Officer program and hire around a dozen new CSOs—unarmed SPD employees trained to respond to low-level calls, including minor property crimes, landlord-tenant disputes, runaway kids, and “nuisance” crimes like public intoxication. Over the course of 2017, a team of representatives from city departments, along with the independent Community Police Commission, will decide what the CSOs’ job descriptions will be, what kind of services they will and won’t provide, and even to whom they will report. Continue reading As City Revives Civilian SPD Patrols, Role of Unarmed Officers Remains Open Question
by Antonio Foster
The Seattle Police Department has publicly released a sketch of a potential suspect in the fatal shooting of South Seattle resident My-Linh Nguyen. Continue reading Developments in Fatal Attempted Purse Snatching