BREMERTON — Two Bremerton police officers were shot and the suspect killed Sunday morning.
Police said the officers contacted Willie Mccord shortly before 2 a.m. as he sat in his SUV in the Lions Park parking lot, suspecting him of violating a domestic violence protection order.
As officers approached, Mccord opened fire with two handguns, striking both officers, according to police.
The officers returned fire, killing Mccord.
The officers were taken to Harrison Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. One officer was discharged from Harrison Medical Center, according to police.
Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan said this was not the first time Mccord had had contact with police, and that he had fought with police in the past.
“We knew that he was ramping up, that he was violent in the past,” Strachan said.
Neighbors and friends said Mccord had marital problems and was kicked out of his home prior to the shooting.
Yolunda Brown described Mccord as a family man who had fallen on hard times.
“It was an isolated incident with him and his wife, the violence that happened. It was not a regular occurrence,” Brown said. “He was a very, very, very, nice man and he was good to his wife, and he was good to his children and his family. … He was a mentor to some of the kids around here. He was a good person.”
According to Sgt. Kevin Crane of the Bremerton Police Department, no video evidence exists of the shooting due to the fact that officers are not equipped with bodycams, nor were their vehicles outfitted with recording equipment.
“One officer has over 42 years experience, 25 plus with our department. The other officer is approximately a five-year veteran with one year with our department,” Crane said.
“It appears preliminarily, they did a remarkable job.”
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is currently leading the investigation of the shooting.
Nick Twietmeyer is a reporter for Sound Publishing’s Kitsap News Group. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org