Prosecutor charges suspect in officer-involved shooting

Auburn Police say 26-year-old Cesar Javier-Parra Sanchez crashed a stolen car last Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to get away from police pursuing him on Auburn Way North, and then ran from the crash scene, threatening witnesses with what appeared to be a handgun as he went.

But when the Seattle man pointed the gun at a plainclothes Auburn Police detective hard on his heels, the officer dropped him with two shots, according to a preliminary investigation.

Last Friday, the King County Prosecutor charged Javier-Parra Sanchez with one count of third-degree assault, one count of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, one count of felony hit and run, and one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Ever since the crash, however, Javier-Parra Sanchez has been in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has yet to appear in court.

Per department policy, the APD has placed the detective on administrative leave and turned the investigation over to the Valley Investigations Team. No officers were hurt.

Upon recovering Sanchez’ firearm, police later determined it was a pellet gun, a realistic replica of a semi-automatic handgun.

Javier-Parra Sanchez has the following pending felonies against him: two motor vehicle thefts in the city of Kent; a $20,000 bench warrant; second-degree identity theft; and pending failure to register as a sex offender, according to court records.

“In this instance, when he should have been in court, he was driving a stolen car, engaging in very dangerous driving while eluding police in this stolen car and caused an accident,” Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dana E. Cashman told the court in asking for $100,000 bail. “He fled the scene, while carrying a very realistic looking hand gun. He pointed this replica handgun at various witnesses and the pursuing police officer. He was ultimately shot by an officer and has been in the hospital since this incident.”

Here is how events unfolded, according to the Certification for Determination of Probable Cause written by an officer of the Port of Seattle Police Department and forwarded Friday to the King County Prosecutor.

According to the account, about 2:04 p.m. that day, an Auburn Police detective tried to stop an Acura Integra, which had been reported as stolen in Renton days before, by nosing his police car in front of the vehicle at a light at 6th Street Southeast and Auburn Way South. But the Integra drove around the officer, and continued through the intersection and against the red light.

According to the report, the driver sped up rapidly, weaving in and out of traffic and driving into heavy, oncoming traffic with four police vehicles, one police motorcycle and two unmarked police vehicles hot on his tail. An on-duty sergeant ordered officers to end the pursuit, and it disappeared near the 600 block of Auburn Way North.

At about 2:08 p.m., according to the account, traffic cameras at the intersection of 8th Street and Auburn Way South picked up Javier-Parra Sanchez as he sped through a red light, narrowly missing oncoming traffic. According to the account, he then lost control of the car and struck the rear of a Suzuki.

As officers approached the intersection of Auburn Way North and 8th Street Northeast, they saw that the vehicle had been involved in a collision and was disabled in the northbound curb lane. They also saw Javier-Parra Sanchez pointing a handgun at pedestrians and motorists along Auburn Way North as he was running away. A detective chased him, at which point, he, Javier-Parra Sanchez, produced what appeared to be a handgun and pointed it at the detective, who fired two rounds and hit him.

Officers took the wounded Javier-Parra Sanchez into custody and Medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. The individual whose vehicle Javier-Parra Sanchez hit was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, complaining of pain to his head and pain in his left shoulder and lower back.

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