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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 with 27 Comments »
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.

 

Leave a comment Comments → 27
  1. Hope lover boy was worth it.

  2. serendipity says:

    Why don’t people shoot themselves first and not anyone else? Just shoot yourself. This is a complete tragedy.

  3. How are they sure she wasn’t trying to talk him into surrendering? And if she made incriminating statements, did they advise her of her Miranda rights first? Better yet, once he was determined to be deceased, why wasn’t she free to go since there can be no criminal investigation if the perp is dead?

    This is not a good arrest, based on what we know right now.

  4. jeffm209 says:

    @pgroup
    Never stepped foot in a Crim Pro class, have you?

  5. Crim Pro class, lol, that’s a good one and apparently NOT! only has a keyboard and access to the internet, stupdity conquers all and some speak way louder than others.

  6. Chippert says:

    @pgroup – you mean based on what YOU know right now, which is diddly-squat as usual.

  7. If the killer of the Patrol Officer had been patient and had gone to trial,been convicted,I feel the sentence would have been life with the possibility of parole after 20 years.After being supported all that time by the taxpayers,He would have been paroled and resume his life as if nothing had happened.This would have been another of example of the victims justice in Washington State!

  8. ItalianSpring says:

    Summary elimination authorized.

  9. everybodiesmom says:

    I have to agree with pggroup, she may have been trying to talk him into giving himself up. Because it was one of their own someone will have to be charged and pay for the crime and if the killer is dead they are going for the next person in line.

  10. If she did try to help him and is convicted, they’ll lock her up and throw away the key.

    We changed some laws after Forza.

  11. Whatever1214 says:

    I have to agree with pggroup. We don’t know for sure that she wasn’t there to help him darn socks and vacuum. Perhaps they planned on an hour of Bible study and then some yoga. Who knows? They might even have planned a morning walk and then take some time to read On Walden Pond to each other.

    Of course, she might have been helping him escape, but we just don’t know.

  12. everybodiesmom says:

    Of course she could have been there to help him escape, and maybe not, but you can bet she will be presumed guilty until proven innocent as is the way with our justice system. And how often do we hear someone arrested for rendering criminal assistance??? If this was Joe Public who had been killed the case would be closed and end of story.

  13. pungentsound says:

    Rendering criminal assistance? How about accessory to murder?

  14. Wrapper98439 says:

    We don’t know what she told the police, and how many find were pointed at her when she said it, but it was far from what the people that helped the killer of the Lakewood four. They knew he was going to commit the crime, when, and gave him rides to and from the scene. This crime was likely a spur of the moment crime because he had a gun that would put him away for a very long time. Does let him off, but she likely was acting spur of the moment and had mo time to think yet.

  15. allgirlusa says:

    Oh I’m sure she was just a quality person and an upstanding citizen having dated a convicted felone and meth producer. And if she was a decent person and that’s why she got away from him, why did she let him in her house? And if he threatened her to let him in, why didn’t she call 911? I mean really? A criminal ex-boyfriend shows up at your door and you let him in? Hello!

  16. psycodug says:

    It would be very interesting to learn the sale history of this firearm in addition to the firearm used in the Bremerton child incident.

  17. psycodug says:

    An Ex ?
    Runs to help ?
    He told her he shot a policeman and she comes to the property.
    Drugs are between these two and she should be jailed and investigated thouroghly. Manufacturing could be her forte no doubt.

  18. jeffm209 says:

    @pungentsound
    “How about accessory to murder?” It seems from this story that she would be an accessory after-the-fact. The older common law provided for accessory after the fact but I believe this has been eliminated by RCW.
    (I could be wrong, it’s been a while since I dealt with this)
    I believe the RCW does allow the charge in military court martial, however.
    Again… Been a while… feel free to correct.

  19. i cop down, and infinite amount to go. stop actin like these people really help. the only thing police are good for is dv cases (depending on the case), and cases involving the welfare of kids. other than that they are completely oppressive and prey on the poor and weak. police are here to protect the property and investments of the rich. thats why they are clearly violating our freedom of speech. never once does it say in the constituion you have the right to assemble between the hours of 8 am to 8 pm. police, make a better job choice. I have a feeling most of you are indeed good people that would serve the community much better if you werent police officers. Think about it. Be one of us not one of them

  20. Well atleast he shot himself.
    saves us tax payers money…. more criminals should do this…LOL

  21. tortoise says:

    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,

    It would seem this info came from the ex-gf arrested. Right?

    A cop is dead here, her goose is cooked. She never, ever should’ve taken that phone call.

  22. I Love that the article says she was trying to find him a ride WITH a SWAT Team…! (Yes I know it should have been ‘when’, but this way sounds more interesting, don’t you think?)

  23. tortoise says:

    She also has a 3 year old child with this character.

    Life is about to get a little rougher.

  24. serendipity says:

    Women shouldn’t date meth heads or addicts or such, they should date lawyers and doctors and such (sung to the tune of the song with lyrics warped—and this includes all nice men from any profession really)

    I am the anti-codependent. I find out you are drinking too much or doing drugs? Oh boy! I will be on to you like SUPER ANTI-CODEPENDENT!

    The only man who ever gave me a diamond ring was a terrible drinker, assaulted me once, married a woman, and raped her at their ten year mark because she dared to leave him. He in a special place now called “high offender” security prison.

    I was very young. Very very young. I have dumped men left and right over their problems with beating and drinking or drugs. UGH! Women, smart up. Just dump these losers.

  25. marrero2061 says:

    Wow, I guess the truth will never come out about what events lead up to this horrible act.

  26. Wrapper98439 says:

    Oh, I don’t think there is any doubt what happened. Don’t know why he was stopped, but dispatch does. The guy had a gun that was illegal for him to have. With his history, he knew there was a high likelyhood the vehicle would be searched. Long time in prison was not on his agenda, so when the cop walked up, he popped him and drove away.

  27. dinseattle says:

    Have you ever noticed that pgroup and notmymom are haters? They always attack the judicial/police system continuously. If I had to guess, they are both females, probably unmarried with many babies’ daddies who all have some type of felony convictions, and both probably have had some type of run-in with the law a time or two. Am I getting close? You two really have issues. The dumb broad admitted to the police, under questioning, what she was doing, e.g., helping him escape. Yeesh. Can you not read? She has a right to plead her case to the court, but so far it is not looking too good for her. She should have used her brain instead of her nether regions in making that decision. It is very unfortunate for all involved. The only one that got a free ride out of it was the suspect. Now she’ll take the fall for his actions just as Clemmons’ family and friends did. Life is about choices – make them wisely.

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