November 9, 2009 in Region

Seattle police: DNA, bullets link suspect to officer death

Associated Press
 
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A procession of hundreds of police and fire department vehicles winds from the University of Washington to KeyArena for a memorial for slain Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton in Seattle on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.
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SEATTLE — Investigators say DNA and ballistics tests conclusively link a suspect shot by detectives last week to the Halloween night slaying of a Seattle police officer as well as what they are now describing as an attempted hit on law enforcement nine days earlier.

Seattle Assistant Chief Jim Pugel told a news conference that DNA belonging to Christopher Monfort, 41, was found on a small American-flag-style bandanna discovered on the ground near where Officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed and officer-trainee Britt Sweeney was wounded.

In addition, Pugel said Monfort’s DNA was discovered on a small flag found at a city maintenance yard where four police vehicles were firebombed. Pugel says investigators are now characterizing that attack as an an attempted assassination. According to police, a fire in a mobile command post was set first, apparently to attract officers, and after they arrived, the cruisers exploded.

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