I want to share with you an incident over the weekend that shows the tremendous danger faced by our officers these days. Police received a call of a disturbance at the 7-11 store in Cascade involving four individuals, one potentially armed with an UZI. Officer Aaron Hisel found the car westbound on S. Grady Way and officers were able to stop it on S. 7th near Rainier Ave.
Since they had information that the individuals may be armed, Hisel waited for adequate assistance prior to stopping the car. They ordered the suspects out at gunpoint and the passenger in the car fled on foot. He was captured across from McLendon’s. On the floor of the car where he was sitting was a fully loaded .45 caliber UZI with a 30-round magazine attached. A second magazine of ammo was also found. Police suspect that the weapon may have been modified to make it fully automatic, giving the suspect the ability to empty the entire magazine within a couple seconds. The weapon is being examined by agents with the Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. If it proves to be fully automatic, the suspect may face federal charges.
You can imagine the potential danger to any officer who could have stopped this car on a routine traffic stop and not be aware that the occupants may be armed.
It’s a sad sign of the times!
Mayor, City of Renton