It appears the shooting of a State Trooper in Long Beach, WA over the weekend was motivated by a DUI stop. The suspected shooter, identified as Martin A. Jones, of Seaview, apparently opened fire on Trooper Scott Johnson minutes after troopers pulled Jones’ wife over for a DUI:
At 12:16 a.m. Saturday, Trooper Jesse Greene pulled over a van that he had clocked at 46 mph in a 35-mph zone near the intersection of Pacific Avenue South and 13th Street in Long Beach, according to the probable-cause statement. The driver, a 45-year-old woman, was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, and Greene took her to the Long Beach Police Department for a breath test.
The woman was the only person in the van, according to the statement.
Johnson arrived at the scene around 12:20 a.m. to help Greene and stayed behind while the van was being impounded, the statement says. A man walked up to the scene, questioned the tow-truck driver and then spoke briefly with Johnson, according to the statement.
Jones reportedly left the scene, returned a short time later, and opened fire on Johnson.
“After the shot, the shooter stepped back and made some kind of chuckling sound,” the statement says.
It sure feels like the floodgates were opened when Officer Timothy Brenton was fatally shot in Seattle on Halloween. This can’t all be a coincidence. Now how do police make it stop?