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Police: DNA, bullets link suspect to officer death

Seattle Police discussed the case in a Monday afternoon press conference Seattle Police discussed the case in a Monday afternoon press conference
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SEATTLE, Wash. - Investigators say DNA and ballistics tests conclusively link a suspect shot by detectives last week to the Halloween night slaying of a Seattle police officer as well as what they are now describing as an attempted hit on law enforcement nine days earlier.

Seattle Assistant Chief Jim Pugel told a news conference that DNA belonging to Christopher Monfort, 41, was found on a small American-flag-style bandanna discovered on the ground where Officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed and officer-trainee Britt Sweeney was wounded.

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