A Seattle police officer who had just concluded a change was killed early Sunday even though attempting to render aid at a a few-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 just south of downtown Seattle.
Assistant Main Tom Mahaffey of the Seattle Police Department reported the officer’s household and the full division are devastated by the decline. The officer was 38-yr-aged Alexandra Brenneman Harris, who went by Lexi, her father Laird Harris reported Sunday. She experienced served with SPD for 5 several years.
The Washington Point out Patrol is on the lookout for an unique included in the collision who subsequently stole Harris’ personal car or truck, WSP Capt. Ron Mead mentioned. That auto was identified abandoned Sunday early morning and is being held for proof, in accordance to a WSP news release.
“It truly speaks to where we are as a modern society, in which we have these types of callousness when it will come to reduction of life,” Mead said at a information convention in Bellevue on Sunday afternoon.
Harris, a Seattle indigenous, grew up in Wallingford and attended Nova Significant College, her father reported. She researched human kinetics at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and labored in the own conditioning field for many years right after college or university. She managed a 24 Hour Fitness in Las Vegas, but lived in Seattle for most of her grownup lifestyle.
About 6 a long time back close friends prompt Harris check out an SPD recruiting party, and she favored the way the department approached policing, her father reported. Her very first patrol was in Queen Anne, and she afterwards used two yrs on bicycle patrol downtown, on the overnight view.
“She would prevent on the streets and talk to the homeless people,” her father said, managing absolutely everyone with compassion.
Though at SPD Harris turned involved in the department’s wellness device, which concentrated on officers’ actual physical and mental overall health. She also began a side undertaking and aided create a podcast called “The Leaderist,” which is about “improving the marriage in between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
“It was standard Lexi,” Laird mentioned of how she died. “It was in her character. I’m guaranteed her key thought was getting folks out of threat.”
The driver who struck the officer remained at the scene and is cooperating with WSP, which is leading the investigation, Mead explained. Any person with information and facts is asked to connect with 425-401-7742.
The 3-vehicle collision happened at about 1:18 a.m. in the HOV lane of southbound I-5, in the backup of an previously 10- to 13-car collision. That incident, which resulted in no accidents, took place at about 11:43 p.m. Saturday on I-5 south close to Spokane Road.
To start with responders and public officials all through the area expressed grief Sunday.
“Our coronary heart goes out these days to the family members & close friends of the officer tragically killed when making an attempt to help other people following a collision,” Mayor Jenny Durkan wrote on Twitter. “The officer’s service to our local community went past their shift & we can never repay this officer for placing the lifestyle of other individuals ahead of their have.”
“This is devastating. Our hearts are with the officer’s relatives and our brothers and sisters at SPD,” the Bellevue Law enforcement Division wrote on Twitter.