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Police arrest suspect in shooting of two men in Federal Way

On March 20, officers arrested a 52-year-old Federal Way man.

Federal Way Police arrested a suspect they say shot two men on March 18, leaving one man dead and another in the hospital.

According to the Federal Way Police Department, officers were dispatched on March 18 at approximately 12:01 a.m. to SeaMar Community Health at 31405 18th Ave. S. for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located a man of unknown age with a gunshot wound and started lifesaving measures. King County Medic One arrived and provided additional life-saving measures. The man succumbed to his injuries.

According to the department, the department received a second report shortly after the first call of a second man with a gunshot wound at the Southridge House at 30838 14th Ave. S.

Kyle Buchanan, a spokesperson for the Federal Way Police Department, said both men received gunshot wounds in the parking lot at SeaMar Community Health, with the second man walking down the street from the scene to the Southridge House and calling 911.

According to the department, King County Medic One arrived and transported the second man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for further treatment.

On March 18, Federal Way police said they found a connection between the two incidents and there was no danger to the community.

According to an email from Buchanan, on March 20, Federal Way police arrested a 52-year-old Federal Way man for investigation for the shooting of both men. Police located and arrested the suspect around 5 p.m. March 20, booking him into the King County jail on a felony charge of murder in the second degree.

According to Casey McNerthney, a spokesperson for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the King County Superior Court scheduled the 52-year-old man’s first appearance hearing for 2:30 p.m. March 21 at the King County jail courtroom.

As of March 21, no charges have been formally filed, pending determination of probable cause from the court.


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