December 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Man slain in Bellevue bar identified
The man killed early Monday during a shooting at a Bellevue bar has been identified by a law enforcement source as as DeShawn Milliken, 30.
Milliken was shot and killed at Munchbar, a restaurant/bar at Bellevue Square in what police have said was an isolated incident. Authorities are looking for Ja’Mari Jones, 19, who they say was the shooter.
Bellevue police have obtained an arrest warrant for Jones and say that he should be considered armed and dangerous. Jones was last seen driving a white Nissan Maxima with Washington state license number AHZ1672.
Milliken was Garfield High School’s homecoming king, student-body vice president, a football star and an honor student. He had a minor part in the Mardi Gras attacks in Pioneer Square in 2001 and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and rioting. He was given a one-year deferred sentence, served no jail time and ordered to do 30 days of community service. His attorney and classmates said he was wrongly accused.
Jones is one of three men convicted in the the 2008 slaying of Seattle street musician Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael. The 53-year-old musician was beaten to death by the group of teens on Oct. 25, 2008.
Jones, Billy Chambers, a 19-year-old currently being held in federal custody on a firearms violation, and a third man, Kenneth Kelly, served time in Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration custody for McMichael’s death. According to King County Superior Court records, Jones was sentenced to a term of up to 9 months after being convicted of manslaughter and robbery.
When interviewed after the sentencings in 2009, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said that police could find no eyewitnesses to the crime except for the teens themselves. Charging them as juveniles was “the only option we had to solve the crime,” Satterberg said.
Since serving time for McMichael’s death, Jones has remained relatively crime-free. According to court records, he was cited in May with operating a vehicle without a license and failure to renew expired vehicle registration.
Witnesses of the Munchbar shooting described a chaotic scene, telling local media they dived for cover as gunfire erupted. Many of the 600 people at the bar at the time of the shooting were there to watch the Seahawks game and celebrate the team’s blowout victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Several Seahawks were at the bar, but were not in the area where the shooting occurred, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in a Monday news conference.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Bellevue Police Department Tipline at 425-452-2564 or email: email@example.com.
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