After a three-month manhunt, police have finally captured Tyrese Harrison, the man charged in the fatal November shooting of a Seattle rapper, Max Gasoi, who court records indicate was killed in a drug deal gone bad.
Seattle police records and witness statements obtained by Seattlecrime.com indicate that about a month before Harrison allegedly shot and killed Gasoi on First Hill, Harrison also showed up to a University District auto dealership and threatened to kill a man over a drug debt.
According to a police report, officers were called to the dealership at about 2:30pm on October 21st after two “black male drug dealers possibly armed with guns” showed up at the business looking for an employee. One of the “drug dealers” is identified in the report as Harrison.
The report indicates that when officers arrived at the dealership, both Harrison and the man he was looking for had fled the scene.
Officers found Harrison and another man several blocks away from the dealership. The report says Harrison told police he was vising an “old friend” who he hadn’t been able to get ahold of, and wanted to see “if he wanted to get a sandwich or something.”
Police were unable to find the man Harrison had been looking for, and sent Harrison on his way.
Police later spoke with a friend and roommate of the man who’d run from Harrison, who also worked at the dealership.
The roommate told police his friend had recently moved to Seattle from Bremerton, where he had worked as a drug dealer for Harrison.
When Harrison walked in to the dealership earlier that day, he’d told the roommate that his friend owed him $5,000, and that he was going to “going to hold [the roommate] responsible for the debt” if his friend didn’t pay up.
The report indicates police warned the roommate that “[Harrison] is for real and that he should be vigilant when leaving work and getting home.”
“He said he was going to kill me if I didn’t pay the drug debt my friend owed him,’ the roommate—who asked not to be identified—told Seattlecrime.com last month. The man believed Harrison as, he says, Harrison “used to claim about how many murders he had. [It was] like a guy talking about how many girls he’s slept with.”
According to the roommate, the man who Harrison had been looking for fled the state shortly after the incident and hasn’t returned.
Although the roommate says Harrison was clearly at the dealership to harm or threaten the man who owed him money, Seattle police say they didn’t have enough to arrest Harrison at the time.
“From the report I’ve read, there doesn’t appear to be any probable cause for an arrest,” says Seattle Police Department spokesman Sean Whitcomb. “But there was definitely reasonable suspicion for a stop,” he says.