A judge found probable cause Wednesday to hold in jail a Woodinville man accused of shooting a Duvall police officer in the leg and firing at a King County sheriff’s deputy during a pursuit.
Joshua Stephen Kramer, 47, declined to appear at his bail hearing in the King County Jail. The judge found probable cause to hold him on two counts of investigation of first-degree assault pending the filing of charges, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
Kramer allegedly shot at Duvall police Sgt. Michael DeBock, who chased after Kramer on state Highway 203 at speeds nearing 90 mph late Monday night, police said. Once he learned backup had arrived, DeBock turned his patrol car around and returned to the shooting scene to meet up with awaiting medics, said Bellevue police spokesman Seth Tyler.
DeBock had confronted Kramer after police received several reports about someone firing paint balls in a church parking lot.
After DeBock left the pursuit, Kramer allegedly fired a gunshot at sheriff’s Sgt. Denny Gulla, who was braking in front of him in an attempt to slow him down. The rear window on the deputy’s patrol car was shattered, and a bullet whizzed by the Gulla’s head before it knocked his rearview mirror off, Tyler said. Gulla was not hurt.
In a probable-cause affidavit released by the sheriff’s office on Wednesday, authorities objected to Kramer’s release on bail, calling him “a danger to the community.”
Kramer had four firearms and a knife on him when he was arrested, the affidavit said.
Kramer is being held at the King County Jail without bail. Donohoe said Thursday is the deadline for his office to file felony charges.