Kent man detained in fatal shooting in Seattle’s Central District

A Kent man is suspected of murder and other charges after Seattle police caught him fleeing, they said, in a car outside a Central District apartment where a 36-year-old man was shot dead on Sunday evening.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting around 7:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of 24th Avenue. In an apartment, they found a 36-year-old man with gunshot wounds to the abdomen. Police and firefighters tried rescue measures, according to the Seattle Police Department, but died at the scene.

Other officers who arrived at the scene spotted a runaway silver Dodge Challenger and chased the suspect for several blocks until he crashed near 19th Avenue and East Cherry Street, according to police reports. Officers arrested him there.

The 28-year-old suspect, who has not been charged, was in court on Monday for a first appearance hearing. According to a police probable cause affidavit, multiple witnesses, including the victim’s 14-year-old son, told officers the suspect shot the victim after an argument at a family gathering inside of the appartment.

A judge on Monday found probable cause to detain the suspect for investigation into second-degree murder and assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and an attempt to evade police. He is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $3 million bond, according to the affidavit. He faces another hearing Thursday, a spokesperson for the King County prosecutor’s office said.

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