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.