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Renton man charged with assault on officer

King County prosecutors on Monday filed two charges of first-degree assault and one of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm against a Renton man whom they say fired a shotgun at two Auburn police officers early on Wednesday morning of last week.

At the request of prosecutors, Lawrence Jenkins, 23, is in jail on $1 million bail.

According to the Auburn Police Department’s affidavit of probable cause, which forms the basis for the three charges, at about 12:47 a.m. that day, an Auburn officer spotted Jenkins walking along the 1100 block of A Street Southeast and decided to contact him about a recent string of burglaries in the area. The officer turned his vehicle around and found Jenkins on 11th Street Southeast. Before the officer could get out of his vehicle, Jenkins allegedly shot at him, striking the windshield on the driver’s side before fleeing southbound on foot.

According to the affidavit, Jenkins went on to shoot at a second officer who responded to the area to help in 1200 block of A Street Southeast. The second officer’s vehicle was struck on the driver’s door. The second officer returned fire, with one round, as Jenkins allegedly fled eastbound.

Officers found Jenkins hiding in a yard in the 100 block of 12th Street Southeast and took him into custody without further incident. Lying on the ground by his left hand, according to the affidavit, was a pistol-sized shotgun. Police also found a duffel bag in the bush with additional ammunition for the shotgun, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Jenkins said he had not fired upon the officers who finally captured him because he had known that he was “outgunned.”

Jenkins had a 2002 conviction for second-degree robbery when he was a juvenile and a 2007 conviction for first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He was released from prison on July 6, 2011, having served 53 months on the 2007 convictions.

In asking for the high bail, prosecutors wrote to the judge: “The defendant is clearly escalating his violent behavior and is in danger of committing additional acts of violence if he is free in the community. In light of his behavior here, he is not at all likely to appear in response to a summons.”

 

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