The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and Bremerton police have released the names of the man who was killed by police and the two officers he wounded during an early Sunday morning shootout.
Willie Floyd McCord, 52, of Bremerton, was identified by the sheriff’s office as the man who was fatally shot by two officers after he reportedly initiated a “firefight” with them when they attempted to contact him for violating a domestic-violence protection order.
Officer Allan McComas suffered a gunshot wound to the waist and was released from a hospital on Sunday. McComas has been a police officer for five years, the last year and a half with the Bremerton Police Department, according to a statement by Bremerton Police Chief Steven Strachan.
Officer Kent Mayfield suffered two gunshot wounds to the abdomen and remains in the hospital. He has been a police officer for 42 years, the last 27 years with Bremerton police, Strachan said.
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Police say McCord opened fire on McComas and Mayfield as they approached him while he was seated behind the wheel of an SUV at 1:16 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Lions Field, police said.
As the two officers approached, “the man immediately began firing numerous shots directly at both officers,” Strachan said.
Police have had previous run-ins with McCord for domestic violence incidents involving his ex-wife and he had blackened an officer’s eye in a recent encounter, Strachan said. On Sunday, McCord was armed with two handguns and came out shooting, a gun in each hand, Strachan said, calling it a “firefight.”
“It was in relatively close quarters,” the chief told reporters, and the officers retreated behind their vehicles. “There are bullet holes in the squad cars,” Strachan said.
Also Monday, Bremerton police released a statement from the family of Mayfield:
We are so grateful for all the incredible people who have shown so much love and support to our family during this difficult time. From the other Bremerton Police & Fire personnel on the scene, to the medical staff, to the community at large … all we can say is thank you.
Dad is our hero. He was our hero long before this happened, and he will remain our hero forever. Dad is both courageous and kind. He is at the same time strong and sensitive. He touches people’s lives and makes them better wherever he goes.
He has dedicated his career to public safety, and he does it with a humble demeanor that belies the true grit he has long carried.
If there is anything Dad wishes might come from all of this, it is simply that you will hug your own loved ones just a little bit longer and tell them how much they mean to you.
We are thankful we can continue hugging him and that he is expected to make a full recovery.