Members of the Washington Fraternal Order of Police, which represents over 2,500 law enforcement officers in the state, issued their support today for a Renton police officer who was ambushed in her marked patrol car Tuesday, criticizing the initial low bail for the accused suspects.
WAFOP President Marco Monteblanco condemned the shooting and chastised the judge for setting such low bail for an unprovoked, violent attack on the officer, who was allegedly shot at by the defendant, according to Renton Police.
King County prosecutors initially requested $1 million bail for the shooting suspect and $250,000 for the accused getaway driver. A judge first set bail for the alleged shooter and getaway driver at $50,000 each. A second judge intervened and increased bail to $500,000 for the shooter and $50,000 for the driver.
“This is a vicious, unprovoked attack on a police officer by suspects who have a history of violence against law enforcement. Low bail for such an egregious act sends the wrong message and undermines the safety and good work of peace officers in the community,” said Monteblanco via written statement. “We are seeing more and more of these ambush-style attacks on peace officers and a low bail would have suggested there are minimal consequences for these actions. We cannot let these actions go unchecked,” he added.
Monteblanco said deliberate acts of violence that are clearly intended to kill an officer should be met with an “appropriate” response by the justice system.
“Frankly, we’d still like to see higher bail for both suspects given the circumstances of this act.”