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February 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM

SPD officer testifies about night her partner was killed by gunman

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Seattle police Officer Britt Kelly testifies Tuesday in the murder trial of Christopher Monfort. (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Seattle police Officer Britt Kelly said the car that pulled up next to her parked patrol car on the night of Oct. 31, 2009, was so close that she couldn’t open her door.

“The next thing I remember is a very bright muzzle flash, a very loud noise and the smell of gunpowder so fierce … and pain, all at once,” she said during her second day of testimony in the trial of Christopher Monfort.

The pain from a bullet that grazed her head caused her to roll away from the gunfire and onto her right hip, she said. She then curled down by the console.

She heard six to seven shots, but did not realize Brenton had been hit, she said, as the shooter’s car reversed. She said she rolled out of the patrol car to return fire at the fleeing vehicle.

She was “really pissed,” she said, because Brenton did not get out of the car. She thought the field training officer was allowing her to handle the situation alone.

Sweeney moved to the front of her patrol car, fearful the shooter would return. When she looked inside the patrol car, she said, it was obvious Brenton was dead.

Even after taking cover between two cars, she did not feel safe, saying she felt she was being “hunted.”

Kelly had to compose herself, swallowing, shutting her eyes and crossing and recrossing her legs before beginning the account of the shooting Wednesday morning in King County Superior Court.

Monfort, 46, is facing five felony charges, including aggravated first-degree murder, which carries a potential death penalty.

He is also charged with arson and attempted first-degree murder for allegedly setting a fire and detonating pipe bombs that destroyed police vehicles at a city maintenance yard on Oct. 22, 2009.

Monfort has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

 

 

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