Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 9 years
Badge # 6699
Incident Date: 10/31/2009
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Suspect in custody
Officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car.
The officer was sitting in the passenger seat of a patrol car with a trainee discussing a just completed traffic stop near the corner of 29th Avenue and East Yesler Way when a vehicle pulled alongside the patrol car and an occupant opened fire. Officer Brenton was killed instantly. His trainee officer was grazed in the back by one shot. She was able to get out of the patrol car, return fire several times at the fleeing vehicle, and call for additional units.
At the conclusion of Ofc. Brenton's public memorial service, detectives were following up on a tip, specifically of a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle seen at the incident, at an apartment in the city of Tukwila. The detectives confronted a person of interest as he stepped outside from his apartment and approached the vehicle. The man pulled a gun and was shot and wounded before being taken into custody.
The suspect was also charged with the firebombing of Seattle police vehicles at a city maintenance facility nine days earlier. His murder trial is set to begin September 13, 2013.
Officer Brenton had served with the Seattle Police Department for nine years and previously with the La Conner Police Department. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter. His father and uncle are retired Seattle police officers.