Marvin A. Jones, the man arrested Monday in connection with the shooting of a State Patrol trooper in Long Beach, is married to a woman who had been pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving a short time before the shooting, according to the State Patrol.
The wounded trooper, Scott Johnson, was processing the woman's car for towing when he was shot in the head early Saturday morning.
Jones, a 45-year-old Pacific County man, was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting on the Long Beach Peninsula. The Seaview man was booked into the Pacific County Jail in South Bend for investigation of first-degree assault and attempted murder in the shooting of Johnson.
State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins said the woman who was pulled over for investigation of drunken driving was alone in the car. She was stopped by a different trooper about a half-mile from her home, he said.
Johnson was shot while preparing the woman's vehicle for a tow truck. Investigators say a man emerged from the dark as Johnson was processing the car's inventory and mumbled something to the trooper before firing two shots at him.
Johnson, a decorated 25-year law-enforcement veteran, was released Monday from Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland, where he was treated for a bullet wound to his head.
The shooting rocked a law-enforcement community in Washington already reeling from a spate of violence directed at them in recent months.
Nine law-enforcement officers have been shot since Halloween, and six of them have died. They include four Lakewood police officers killed Nov. 29 in the deadliest single attack on police in state history.
The shooting occurred after another trooper, Jesse Greene, had pulled over a woman on suspicion of drunken driving.
Johnson, who was working solo in a patrol cruiser, arrived around 12:20 a.m. so Greene could take the driver in for processing.
Tow-truck driver George Hill arrived and was preparing to tow the car when the shooter emerged from the dark. The man exchanged words with the trooper and opened fire at 12:40 a.m.
Johnson got off a shot but there was no indication at the scene that his assailant was hit.