Police: DNA, bullets link suspect to officer death

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Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 6:06 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Investigators say DNA and ballistics tests link a suspect shot by detectives last week to the Halloween slaying of a Seattle police officer and an attempted hit on law enforcement nine days earlier.

Seattle Assistant Chief Jim Pugel said Monday DNA belonging to 41-year-old Christopher Monfort was found on an American-flag-style bandanna on the ground where Officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed and officer-trainee Britt Sweeney was wounded.

In addition, Pugel says Monfort's DNA was discovered on a small flag found at a city maintenance yard where four police vehicles were firebombed.

Pugel says investigators are now characterizing that attack as an attempted assassination.

Monfort's attorney did not immediately return a call or email seeking comment.

Monfort remained hospitalized in satisfactory condition after being shot by police Friday as he was sought in connection with the killing of officer Timothy Brenton.

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