The 22-year-old man shot on a King County Metro bus Wednesday had previously been paid $42,000 by the city of Seattle after he was kicked by a police officer.
The man shot on a King County Metro bus Wednesday had previously been paid $42,000 by the city of Seattle after he was kicked by a police officer.
D’Vontaveous Hoston, 22, was shot in the face by one of two men who apparently targeted him on the Route 132 bus at Fourth Avenue South and South Holgate Street, police said.
An 18-year-old Federal Way man was arrested by police for investigation of assault after Hoston’s girlfriend chased him down South Holgate Street, police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause. The woman flagged down a King County sheriff’s deputy for help, according to the affidavit released Thursday by the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
The suspect, who is not being named because he has not been formally charged, was ordered held at the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
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Hoston’s girlfriend told deputies and Seattle police that she and Hoston were riding the bus downtown when two men with bandannas over their faces boarded. The woman said she recognized the men by their street names, “Loco” and “Malo,” and she claimed they were gang members, the statement said.
She said that when the bus came to a stop at Fourth and South Holgate, the two men walked up to Hoston and shot him in the face. The woman said she ran after “Loco,” the statement said.
Another passenger told police that the Federal Way man shot Hoston “point blank in the face,” the statement said. The witness said he grabbed the second suspect and held him briefly until the man managed to break free and run away.
The witness came to Hoston’s aid and later identified the man arrested as the gunman on the bus, the statement said. No motive was listed in the affidavit.
A photo of a man with a gash on his face was posted on Hoston’s Facebook page.
Hoston was not able to speak with investigators Thursday, the affidavit said. His girlfriend told police that “Malo” had shot Hoston a few weeks earlier in the hand, but that the shooting was not reported to police.
Police are still searching for the second suspect, as well as the handgun used in the shooting.
As a 17-year-old in 2010, Hoston made headlines after Seattle Police Officer James J. Lee kicked him three times at a Belltown convenience store, an incident captured on store surveillance video. The officer believed Hoston had been involved in the assault of an undercover police officer during a buy-bust drug operation.
Hoston was acquitted of attempted robbery in the incident.
Lee was accused of using excessive force and charged with fourth-degree assault, but the Seattle City Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge after an expert witness for the prosecution changed his mind about Lee’s criminal culpability. Lee was later cleared of wrongdoing in a Seattle police internal investigation.
Hoston filed a federal lawsuit claiming Lee violated his civil rights.
In 2012, the city agreed to pay Hoston $42,000 after mediation.
In light of the settlement, the suit was dismissed with the city making no admission of liability.