Friday, November 06, 2009

Rest In Peace, Office Brenton

I got up and stood in the rain (and then, the sun) to watch the procession of police cars, fire trucks and motorcycles for the funeral of slain SPS police officer, Timothy Brenton. It was very moving.

I did a 6-month stint as a volunteer investigator for the Public Defenders office. I had the opportunity to interview many police officers. They are an interesting group and while I'm not sure I agree with how every suspect gets handled, I found them all to be professionals.

It's not like firefighters where everyone says all the time, "Oh good, here come the firefighters." People are not always happy to see cops.

This incident is particularly chilling because the two officers, Brenton and Sweeney, were not investigating a crime nor had they stumbled on a crime in progress. Someone looked for a police car, found it and fired into it. This murderer(s) are still at large. (I have faith that people who are this low are also stupid and will brag. I predict it won't be finding the car or the weapon; it will be someone's big mouth that will bring him to justice.)

Thank you Officer Brenton and Officer Sweeney.

4 comments:

StepJ said...

They believe they have captured the suspect. The SWAT team stormed his apartment in Tukwila. He met them at the door with a gun. The car being sought was outside covered with a tarp.

The suspect was shot in the head by the SWAT team he has been airlifted to Harbourview and is in critical condition.

So glad they found him.

seattle citizen said...

I offer my deepest sympathy to Officer Brenton's family. Police officers often help the children of this city, and the city is a worse place because of this tragedy.

Working Together said...

Melisa,

THANK YOU for this post. It's easy to forget that people put their lives on the line for all of us.

Truly Scrumptious said...

StepJ said, "They believe they have captured the suspect. ...

The suspect was shot in the head by the SWAT team he has been airlifted to Harbourview and is in critical condition.

So glad they found him."


Sure hope they found the right guy.