Name of Sedro-Woolley cop who fatally shot man released

March 25, 2022 GMT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Law enforcement investigators have released the name of the Sedro-Woolley police officer who shot and killed David Babcock of Concrete in February.

Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Lin Tucker said officer Maxwell Rosser has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

Babcock, 51, was shot in the head while driving what Mount Vernon police said officers had believed was a stolen car. Babcock was flown to a Bellingham hospital where he died.

The Skagit-Island Multiple Agency Response Team also released police body camera footage Thursday in its weekly investigation update.

Body camera footage appears to who shows Rosser and another officer on the side of Fruitdale Road as Babcock traveled toward an intersection. The officers dropped spike strips on the road in an attempt to stop Babcock. Before reaching the strips, Babcock’s vehicle veers onto the shoulder toward Rosser, video appears to show.

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Rosser appeared to try to dodge the vehicle and fired multiple shots into the it, according to the video. The vehicle kept rolling and eventually struck a police vehicle. It then rolled backward and hit a utility pole.

Both officers moved to the vehicle with guns drawn, commanding Babcock to show his hands. For about two minutes, they continue shouting commands to Babcock, who is not clearly visible, before opening the vehicle door.

According to the release, investigators estimate it will be several weeks before the case is forwarded to the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.