Munchbar shooting suspect in custody

Munchbar shooting suspect in custody

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Munchbar shooting suspect in custody

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Ja’mari Alexander Jones was taken into custody in Lakewood after a traffic stop Wednesday night.
 
Jones is accused of second-degree murder for firing shots in Munchbar early Christmas Eve morning, killing Deshawn Milliken and seriously injuring another person.

Bellevue police say that Lakewood officers randomly ran the plate of the Toyota Corolla Jones and his 20-year-old girlfriend were riding in.

The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Auburn and additional patrol units were called in to assist in the stop in the 10800 block of Pacific Highway Southwest.

Jones was arrested without incident and taken to King County Jail where he has been booked for Murder 2 with a $5 million bail.   

In the probable cause document released Friday, a Bellevue Police detective describes the video evidence used to determine Jones was responsible for the shots that killed Milliken:

"The video shows the defendant brandishing a pistol and pointing it at Deshawn Milliken. The defendant can be seen firing at least one gunshot. Deshawn Milliken and [Michael J.] Cheatham fall to the ground and the defendant ... continues pointing the gun toward them. Subsequent investigation has determined that at least five shots were fired by the defendant."

Cheatham, who was at Munchbar with Jones, was wounded in the melee and was interviewed later by police at a nearby hospital.

Last week, Bellevue Police revealed that Jones was one of three teens responsible for the 2008 beating death of Ed McMichael, a beloved Seattle figure known as "Tuba Man." McMichael, who played his tuba outside of Seattle sports and entertainment venues, was robbed and severely beaten at a bus stop near Seattle Center in October 2008. He died about a week later.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that several Seahawks players were in the bar at the time, celebrating Sunday's win against 49ers, but were not involved in the shooting. Witnesses said the players were in a VIP lounge and were escorted to safety after the shooting.
 

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