Teen Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Death of Washington Officer

On Wednesday, 16-year-old Emiliano Garcia was charged as an adult with second-degree felony murder — accused of causing the death of Officer Diego Moreno of the Kent (WA) Police Department.

Officer Diego Moreno was laying spike strips to slow the fleeing pickup when he was struck and killed by a pursuing Kent police vehicle. Image courtesy of ODMP.Officer Diego Moreno was laying spike strips to slow the fleeing pickup when he was struck and killed by a pursuing Kent police vehicle. Image courtesy of ODMP.

On Wednesday, 16-year-old Emiliano Garcia was charged as an adult with second-degree felony murder — accused of causing the death of Officer Diego Moreno of the Kent (WA) Police Department.

Garcia and two other teens reportedly led police on a high-speed pursuit on Sunday, after officers received reports of multiple shots being fired. Officers saw a fleeing red Dodge Dakota pickup, and gave chase.

Officer Moreno was laying spike strips to slow the fleeing pickup when he was struck and killed by a pursuing Kent police vehicle.

Garcia allegedly had been out with friends for "a night of drinking at a quinceañera to celebrate a girl’s 15th birthday," according to the Seattle Times.

Moreno — an eight-year veteran of the force — is survived by his wife and two children.

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