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The Today File

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September 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Man accused of shooting Duvall officer charged with assault

A 47-year-old man accused of shooting a Duvall police officer in the leg was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree assault.

Joshua Kramer, 47, allegedly wounded the officer and opened fire on a King County sheriff’s deputy Monday night after police responded to several reports about someone in a dark car firing paint balls at people and homes, prosecutors say. The driver was last reported to be passing the Duvall Tavern on Main Street, prosecutors say.

Duvall police Sgt. Michael DeBock and a fellow officer responded to the call and located a black 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot of Holy Innocents Catholic Church in the 26500 block of Northeast Cherry Valley Road. They also saw a man, later identified as Kramer, standing outside the SUV, according to charging papers.

Prosecutors say Kramer got back in the car and the officers attempted to stop him, but he drove through the lot, backing up into one of the officer’s patrol cars and then stopping near DeBock and shooting him in the leg.

Police and prosecutors say Kramer then drove away and led both officers on a pursuit down state Highway 203 at speeds that reached more than 95 mph.

When backup officers joined the pursuit, DeBock was ordered to return to the church for medical assistance, prosecutors say. He was treated for the wound at a hospital and released several hours later, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors say that after DeBock left the pursuit, Kramer fired a gunshot at sheriff’s Sgt. Denny Gulla, who was braking in front of Kramer in an attempt to slow him down. The rear window on the deputy’s patrol car was shattered, and a bullet whizzed by Gulla’s head before it knocked his rearview mirror off, police and prosecutors say. Gulla was not hurt.

Kramer’s car was disabled  with a spike strip, according to the charges. Prosecutors say he emerged from the car with a .45-caliber handgun and a knife in his hands.

Prosecutors say that when Kramer was arrested, he had four firearms and a knife in his possession. In their request for $1 million bail, prosecutors said Kramer posed “an extreme risk to public safety.”

Kramer is being held at the King County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 2.

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