Teen Pleads Guilty in Death of Washington Officer

Emiliano Garcia was 16 when he was behind the wheel of a pickup truck fleeing police and a pursuing patrol vehicle struck and killed Officer Diego Moreno after he deployed spike strips to end the pursuit.

Officer Diego Moreno had served with the Kent (WA) Police Department for eight years when he was killed while deploying spike strips.Officer Diego Moreno had served with the Kent (WA) Police Department for eight years when he was killed while deploying spike strips.Photo: ODMP

A teen entered a guilty plea during proceedings in the death of an officer with the Kent (WA) Police Department in 2018.

According to KIRO-TV, Emiliano Garcia was 16 when he was behind the wheel of a pickup truck fleeing police and a pursuing patrol vehicle struck and killed Officer Diego Moreno after he deployed spike strips to end the pursuit.


Related: Washington Officer Struck and Killed While Deploying Spike Strips


Prosecutors say drugs and alcohol were a factor in the incident.

Officer Moreno had served with the Kent Police Department for eight years.

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