Henry “Hank” Eugene Washington is an African American man from Texas, United States. He made headlines after exchanging gunfire with Bothell City Police Department officers Jonathan Shoop and Mustafa Kumcur.
At around 9:40 p.m. on July 13, 2020, Washington was driving a black Pontiac G6 without a license plate along westbound SR 522 in Bothell City, Washington, USA. Shoop and Kumcur pulled him over so he stopped, briefly talked to the cops and took off in his vehicle.
Chased by Shoop and Kumcur, Washington’s car stopped in the 10300 block of Woodinville Drive in Bothell City after hitting someone riding a Lime scooter and crashing through the center median. It was then that he exchanged gunfire with the two officers.
Shoop was shot in the head and died at the scene while Kumcur was wounded and rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington for treatment. The wounded cop was released from the hospital at 4:40 a.m. on July 14, 2020.
After exchanging gunfire with two Bothel City Police Department officers, Washington called the police department of Junction City, Kansas, USA and confessed to shooting officers in self-defense. He also called a hospital in Arizona and said he killed an officer and he was going to call his mother then hung up.
When Washington called his mother, he confessed to her that he just killed an officer and wounded another. At around 3:20 a.m. on July 14, 2020, Washington was arrested while he was trying to get down from the rooftop of a business and in the afternoon of the same day, he was booked into the King County Jail in Seattle on suspicion of homicide.
Washington was wearing a gray tank top and baggy sweatpants during his encounter with Shoop and Kumcur. Here are 13 more facts about the Texan man:
- He was born in 1983.
- He is the son of Carolyn Washington, an alumnus of University High School in Waco, Texas.
- He attended A.J. Moore Academy in Waco.
- He went to the University of Phoenix in in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
- From South Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
- He previously lived in Junction City and Fort Riley, Kansas as well as in Waco and San Antonio, Texas.
- In Texas, he was convicted of evading arrest, possession of marijuana, felony drug possession and making terroristic threats.
- In Kansas, he was accused of criminal threat causing terror, assault of a law enforcement officer, eluding police, violation of a protective order, interference with law enforcement, stalking and aggravated intimidation of a witness.
- In Arizona, he was charged with disorderly conduct and threatening. He also worked there as a flagger at construction sites.
- He is listed as homeless in court documents.
- On July 14, 2020, the King County Correctional Facility booked him on an assault charge, a charge of resisting arrest, and a vehicular assault charge and he was denied bail.
- On July 15, 2020, he did not attended the initial hearing but defense attorney Amy Parker represented him. King County District Judge Joe Campagna ordered him held without bail for investigation of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, vehicular assault and attempting to elude.
- On July 17, 2020, it was revealed in the charging documents filed in the shooting of Shoop that the bullet that struck his head was not from him but from Kumcur.