Monfort trial: Officers describe night of Timothy Brenton's murder

SEATTLE — Several Seattle police officers and one medic told a King County jury what they saw Halloween night in 2009, when Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was killed in his patrol car.

A woman living at the corner of 29th and Yesler, Dana Frank, also testified to hearing gunshots shortly after she had come home from a Halloween party. Frank said she saw a car traveling in reverse at a high speed, right after the shots.

“I recall hearing a female voice, screaming,” Frank said.

That woman was likely Britt Sweeney, a student officer at the time who was working with Brenton.

Officer Joseph Renick said, “I heard, ‘My partner’s been shot.’ And later I heard, ‘he’s dead.’”

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Multiple police units quickly arrived on scene, according to testimony in court. Some officers immediately went to check on Brenton.

“It was immediately apparent that he was dead,” said officer Mark Misiorek.

Misiorek said he and a few others eventually went to Marysville, to tell Brenton’s wife what had happened.

Testimony on Monday also focused on the demeanor and actions of Britt Sweeney, who witnesses said had a cut to her head and glass in her hair.

Michael Mann, a medic with the Seattle Fire Department, recalled what Sweeney told investigators.

“She had dropped down as low as she could, to avoid the gunfire," Mann said. "And she had a distinct memory of smoke filling the cab.”

Mann said Sweeney refused any medication he offered her and remained unusually calm during their trip to Harborview Medical Center.

“She seemed very stoic, composed, with an occasional brief experience of some sobbing,” Mann said.

One officer who testified said Sweeney had only been on the squad three days when she survived the attack. Sweeney is expected to take the stand this week.

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