King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will seek the death penalty against the man accused of shooting two Seattle police officers – killing one of them – last Halloween, the Seattle Times reports here.
The announcement was made this morning during a court hearing for Christopher Monfort, 41.
Monfort has been charged with aggravated first-degree murder in the shooting death of Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton and attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of officer Britt Sweeney. The two officers were sitting in a parked patrol car the night of Oct. 31 when, prosecutors allege, Monfort drove up next to them and opened fire. Sweeney suffered minor injuries.
The slaying was the first in a series of deadly incidents involving Puget Sound law enforcement late last year.
Less than a month later, four Lakewood police officers were gunned down in a Parkland coffee shop as they prepared for their Sunday morning shift. Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards were killed in the Nov. 29 attack.
Then, in late December, two Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were shot during an exchange of gunfire with a man they were trying to remove from a home near Eatonville. Deputy Kent Mundell died of his injuries a week after the Dec. 21 shootout; Sgt. Nick Hausner was injured but has since recovered and returned to duty.