Washington State Patrol Trooper Raymond Seaburg is welcomed home by fellow troopers after his release Tuesday, March 5 from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Seaburg had been in the hospital since Feb. 16 with gunshot wounds to the leg after he was shot in Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Washington State Patrol

Washington State Patrol Trooper Raymond Seaburg is welcomed home by fellow troopers after his release Tuesday, March 5 from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Seaburg had been in the hospital since Feb. 16 with gunshot wounds to the leg after he was shot in Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Washington State Patrol

State Patrol trooper shot in Kent released from hospital

Trooper Raymond Seaburg had been hospitalized since Feb. 16 shooting

Raymond Seaburg, the Washington State Patrol trooper shot and injured Feb. 16 in Kent, was released Tuesday morning, March 5 from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“The trooper was escorted from the hospital by law enforcement personnel in honor of his service and showing our support for his continued recovery process,” according to a State Patrol statement. “Our trooper and their family appreciate the community’s outpouring of support. They continue to ask for privacy as our trooper continues to heal.”

The State Patrol didn’t release any other details about Seaburg’s injuries or recovery.

Seaburg, a 21-year veteran with the State Patrol, had been recently brought off Enumclaw detail to work on a special assignment to reduce violent crime on state highways and freeways when he attempted to pull over Jason Joshua Posada for a possible DUI on State Route 167 in Kent.

Posada allegedly fled, first in his car and, after colliding with another vehicle, on foot, official court documents read.

Seaburg pursued him into an apartment complex and took Posada to the ground.

Posada continued to resist arrest and pulled a firearm from his waistband, which was when Seaburg pulled his own weapon and attempted to shoot Posada; however, his gun did not fire.

Seaburg then wrestled to get control of Posada’s gun, but the gun discharged and Posada claimed he was shot in the eye. (According to documents, Posada did suffer what appeared to be shrapnel damage to his eye and face.)

Seaburg then attempted to separate from Posada, but that’s when Posada reportedly shot Seaburg multiple times; first responders found him shortly after with nine entry/exit wounds in his leg and hand.

Despite his injuries, Seaburg advised officers which direction Posada fled, and he was arrested later after a K-9 unit was brought to the scene.

King County prosecutors have charged Posada with first-degree assault with a firearm enhancement, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and firearm theft


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