Surveillance video in Sequim shootings released



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 2:16 PM

RAW: Surveillance video of Sequim shooting - caution graphic video

SEQUIM, Wash. - Dramatic store surveillance video shows what happened in the moments before a killer was gunned down in Sequim.

Surveillance video shows Shawn Roe, in a red and black jacket, walking into the Longhouse Market & Deli near Sequim Saturday night.

Authorities say the 36-year-old felon had just gone on a killing spree. First, shooting U.S. Forest Service Officer Kris Fairbanks during a traffic stop at the Dungeness Forks Campground, then Roe allegedly killed a random homeowner a few miles away.


Roe was at the conveniences tore to buy some beer, but little did he know, just moments before, his picture had arrived at the store with a bulletin warning local residents and business owners.

Fortunately, the security guard noticed a resemblance.

Amazingly, everyone keeps calm, including a customer. He can be seen checking out Roe against the picture on the counter.

While the security guard is outside calling 911, Roe, who is armed, pays for his beer and then heads outside, but not before realizing he's been spotted.

Outside, two Clallam County sheriff's deputies, who were already in the area, quickly get into position.

As Roe walks out, authorities say, he was told to surrender but fires a shot instead. In seconds, the deputies return 9 bullets, killing Roe as he collapses to the ground.

"If he hadn't been contacted who knows what might have happened," said Det. Brian George of the Washington State Patrol.

On Wednesday night at 7 p.m., the community of Forks will come together to honor Officer Fairbanks at the Forks High School commons. Her official memorial service will be next Monday at 2 p.m. at Civic Field in Port Angeles.