Homicide Suspect Shot By Police Previously Convicted Of Murder

The suspect in a killing in Interbay, who was shot by an SPD homicide detective in Belltown Sunday afternoon, previously served time for a murder conviction.

The man, identified by law enforcement sources as Eric Blaine Evans, 46, was convicted of murder in 1988.

Evans, 22 at the time, strangled and then bludgeoned a 17-year-old woman, Teresa Arbini, to death with a baseball bat at a home in northeast Seattle.

Evans was convicted of first-degree murder and served 18 years of a 27 year sentence, and was released in 2006. It’s unclear why Evans did not serve his full sentence.

Despite his previous conviction for a brutally violent crime, he was not put on Department of Corrections supervision when he was released from prison, due to state budget cuts.

Since his release from prison, Evans has only had minor brushes with the law, mostly traffic infractions and one drug case, but became the suspect in another murder over the weekend.

After an 84-year-old man was fatally stabbed at an Interbay storage facility Saturday, surveillance cameras captured Evans using the man’s credit cards around town, according to police.

Homicide detectives began scouring downtown Sunday looking for Evans, and confronted him at 4th Ave. and Cedar St around 2:30 pm.

According to SPD, Evans “advanced” on detectives before a 30-year veteran opened fire, striking Evans.

Evans was taken to Harborview, where he died.

The detective who fired at Evans—identified by law enforcement sources as Russ Weklych—is now on routine administrative leave.

While homicide detectives typically investigate police-involved shootings, SPD has asked the King County Sheriff’s office to handle the case.

UPDATE:

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman tells PubliCola Evans was released from prison in November 2006 after receiving a reduced sentence for good behavior. “Like most offenders, he was eligible for earned good time, which resulted in him earning about 1/3 off his prison sentence,” Sheri Izatt wrote in an email. ” Based on ESSB 5990, a law that went into effect in 2003, he was not eligible for community supervision.”

UPDATE: King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg—who, as a deputy prosecutor, tried Evans’ case in 1988—released a statement this afternoon:

“I will never forget the excessive brutality of the murder of Teresa Arbini and the odd manner of Mr. Evans, who smiled and giggled throughout the gruesome trial,” Satterberg said. “He got the maximum sentence for murder in the first degree. It would be sad, but not surprising, to find out that he continued his violence against vulnerable victims upon his release from prison.”