Mayor Dana Ralph

Mayor Dana Ralph

Kent mayor calls for meeting with county officials about shootings

Goal to make Pacific Highway South corridor safe

Kent Mayor Dana Ralph released a statement on Sunday, Nov. 28 in response to shootings on back-to-back days near the intersection of Pacific Highway South and Kent Des Moines Road, including a fatal shooting.

“This violence that touches every part of our community is unacceptable,” Ralph said. “These shootings are not random and are linked to bad actors. The City of Kent will not waste time in confronting these violent crimes and will enact a rigorous system-wide approach to put an end to this violence.

“I have reached out to King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office and he has agreed to convene a meeting between our offices, the King County Prosecutor’s office, King County Adult and Juvenile Detention and the Kent Police Department to develop a coordinated strategy to make the Pacific Highway South corridor safe and to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.

“Public safety will continue to be my top priority as your mayor, and I will do everything in my power to stop this violence.”

Police continue to look for suspects in both shootings. A 39-year-old Federal Way man was fatally shot Nov. 26 in the 23300 block of Pacific Highway South. At the same spot on Nov. 27, a male was shot and injured as people prepared to hold a vigil for the man killed the previous day. Police did not released an age or hometown for the injured male.

Police have said they do not have much information on either suspect and have not said whether the crimes are related.

14th homicide

The killing is the 14th homicide so far this year in Kent. The city had nine homicides in 2020, four in 2019 and seven in 2018.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

t
Former Kent City Councilmember Higgins calls for Kammerzell’s resignation

Asks for immediate action by assistant police chief during public comment period at Jan. 18 meeting

File photo
WA lawmakers propose making companies responsible for recycling improvements

SB 5697 would compel industries to report data, invest in infrastructure, meet standards.

Governor Jay Inslee. Sound Publishing file photo
Inslee: Officials’ lies about election results should be crime

Governor wants lawmakers to pass legislation making it a gross misdemeanor.

COURTESY PHOTO
Garbage service returns this week in Kent after work stoppage

Republic Services drivers back to the streets after three-day halt to honor picket lines

t
Kent School Board approves lease to Bezos Academy for free preschool

A controversial 3-2 vote as one director questions how much Jeff Bezos knows about education

State Sen. Jesse Salomon
Shoreline senator’s bill would close loophole on police disciplinary actions

Jesse Salomon says Kent Police assistant chief case example of why changes are needed

t
Federal Way man charged with murder for shooting at Kent bus stop

Father killed Nov. 26, 2021 at location where his sons were shot, injured 2 days earlier

t
Pine Tree Elementary in Kent closed this week due to COVID-19

Multiple cases, increased absences among students and staff lead to closure

Most Read