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Suspect in Seattle cop killing charged

SEATTLE, Wash. - A man accused of shooting a Seattle police officer to death on Halloween has been charged with aggravated first-degree murder, a charge that could carry the death penalty.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced the charge against 41-year-old Christopher Monfort on Thursday. Satterberg has 30 days to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

Monfort is accused of shooting Officer Timothy Brenton and wounding another officer as they sat in a parked patrol car. Police also allege he firebombed four police vehicles in a maintenance yard nine days earlier.

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Seattle Police shot and wounded Monfort Friday at a Seattle suburb apartment complex

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Police: DNA, bullets link suspect to officer death

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.

In addition, Pugel said Monfort's DNA was discovered on a small flag found at a city maintenance yard where four police vehicles were firebombed. Pugel says investigators are now characterizing that attack as an attempted assassination - a fire in a mobile command post was set first, apparently to attract officers and after they arrived, the cruisers exploded.

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