Charges: Partner fired shot that killed suburban officer

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A memorial for Bothell Police Officer Jonathan Shoop, killed in the line of duty on Monday evening, grows on top of and around a Bothell Police Car parked at Bothell City Hall on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Bothell, Wash. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

SEATTLE – Charging documents filed Friday in the fatal shooting of a suburban Seattle police officer say it was the officer’s partner, not the suspect, who fired the deadly shot.

Prosecutors charged Henry Eugene Washington with aggravated first-degree murder in the death of rookie Bothell officer Jonathan Shoop.

They said that Washington began firing into the driver's window of the patrol car after he was pulled over Monday night. Shoop was in the driver's seat, and his partner, Mustafa Kumcur, was in the passenger seat.

They returned fire, and one of the bullets Kumcur fired struck Shoop in the head.

Casey McNerthney, a spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office, said in an emailed statement that Washington was legally responsible for the death.

“But for Mr. Washington’s directed attack on the officers, Officer Shoop would be alive today," he said.

An attorney for Washington did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The shooting occurred Monday night after the two officers tried to pull over a black sedan without license plates, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Detective David Fontenot wrote in a probable cause statement filed in court.