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UPDATED: New developments today in trooper shooting

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 24, 2012 at 7:39 am |
February 24, 2012 11:03 am

UPDATED at 11:03 a.m.

Kitsap County sheriff’s investigators have arrested a 32-year-old woman suspected of trying to help her ex-boyfriend get out of the area in the hours after he shot and killed a Washington State Patrol trooper early Thursday.

The woman was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance and is expected to make her first court appearance today. She’s being held in the Kitsap County Jail. Sheriff Steve Boyer said today.

At a press conference this morning, investigators said that Joshua Blake called the woman early Thursday and said he was in trouble. When pressed, he told the woman he’d shot a police officer, Sgt. Ken Dickinson said.

He added that investigators are now confident Blake, 28, shot and killed Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu, 44, early Thursday during a traffic stop on state Route 16 near Gorst.

“We feel confident that Joshua Blake is responsible for the shooting,” Dickinson said.

The woman met Blake at a property on Scofield Road and was trying to find him a ride from the home with a SWAT team, acting on a lead, arrived and were conducting surveillance of the property.

As the SWAT team moved in, Blake shot himself just after 9 a.m. He later died of his injuries at Tacoma General Hospital.

“She was at the resident when he shot himself,” Dickinson said.

Investigators found a .40 caliber gun at the scene where Blake killed himself. They were not yet sure whether it was the same gun he used to kill Radulescu. The gun will be sent to the state crime lab for further testing.

Dickinson emphasized the investigation was still early and there were many more interviews to be done and questions to be answered.

An autopsy was underway this morning on Radulescu at the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.  A memorial for Radulescu, 44, has been growing outside the State Patrol’s office in Bremerton, KIRO TV reports. Radulescu had been with the department for 16 years, spending his entire career in the Bremerton detachment.

 

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