A Kent man is being held on suspicion of murder and other charges after Seattle police arrested him fleeing, they said, in a car from outside a Central District apartment where a 36-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday evening.
Officers responded to reports of a shooting about 7:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of 24th Avenue. Inside an apartment, they found a 36-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police and fire crews tried lifesaving measures, according to the Seattle Police Department, but he died at the scene.
Other officers who arrived on the scene spotted a silver Dodge Challenger fleeing and chased the suspect for several blocks until he crashed near 19th Avenue and East Cherry Street, according to police accounts. Officers arrested him there.
The 28-year-old suspect, who has not been charged, was in court 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 during a family gathering inside the apartment.
A judge found probable cause Monday to hold the suspect for investigation of second-degree murder and assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and attempting to elude police. He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $3 million bail, according to the affidavit. He faces another hearing Thursday, a spokesperson for the King County Prosecutor’s Office said.