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Police seek car involved in fatal police shooting

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle Police Department are looking for a vehicle that officers suspect may have been involved in the shooting death of field training officer Timothy Brenton and the wounding of student officer Britt Sweeney on October 31 in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood.

Detectives believe the killer watched a traffic stop conducted by Brenton and Sweeney before pulling up alongside the patrol car and opening fire. Brenton, 39, was killed instantly. Sweeney, after being grazed by several bullets, was able to return fire.

Brenton was a nine-year veteran of the department and is survived by a wife, an 11-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. Sweeney is recovering at home and is said to be working with investigators.

Police are looking for a white or light beige 1980 to 1983 Datsun 210 coupe in connection with the shooting. Detectives have made no arrests and so far have not identified any suspects.

Investigators believe the car initially fled in reverse to elude being recorded on the front-end camera attached to Brenton's patrol car. However, an image of a similar vehicle was recorded from a police car near the homicide scene. It is one of several leads police are checking, according to police spokesman Sean Whitcomb.

Seattle Police Interim Chief John Diaz said on October 2 the homicide "was a hit on law enforcement."

Diaz said investigators pulled every in-car video camera from all the vehicles that worked in the Central District/Leschi area, as well as checking all the video surveillance from surrounding businesses.

"We're going to do everything in our power to find this person," he said. "Every local and state agency is helping."

Investigators are hoping for additional information and are asking the public to continue providing tips. The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter has been increased to $105,000.

Anyone with information regarding the fatal shooting is urged to call 911 or the police homicide unit at 206-684-5550, or the tipline at 206-233-5000. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a text message to CRIMES (274637). Be sure to include "TIP486" in your message to ensure proper routing.

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