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Road rage believed to be cause of drive-by shooting in Tukwila Thursday

Road rage believed to be cause of drive-by shooting in Tukwila Thursday

From our sister site The Tukwila Blog: Tukwila Police are reporting that a drive-by shooting on I-405 – just south of I-5 in Tukwila – injured a victim in the arm and blocked two lanes of the freeway... [Read more]

Man arrested after human remains found in Tukwila Thursday

Man arrested after human remains found in Tukwila Thursday

From our sister site The Tukwila Blog: Detectives with the Tukwila Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) are investigating the discovery of human remains found Thursday, Jan. 11 by a resident in... [Read more]

‘Suspicious device’ on Southcenter Blvd. turns out to be rice cooker

‘Suspicious device’ on Southcenter Blvd. turns out to be rice cooker

UPDATE 4:20 p.m. Jan. 9, 2018: Tukwila Police have re-opened Southcenter Blvd., and are reporting that the ‘suspicious device’ found at a bus shelter was actually a rice cooker: The suspicious... [Read more]

Tukwila Police pursue an elusive pig named ‘Monty’

Tukwila Police pursue an elusive pig named ‘Monty’

From our sister site The Tukwila Blog: On Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, Tukwila Police officers performed a chase, only this pursuit was of the porcine variety, involving an elusive pig named ‘Morty.’ Unfortunately... [Read more]

Burien woman killed by suspected drunk driver in Tukwila Thursday night

Burien woman killed by suspected drunk driver in Tukwila Thursday night

A Burien woman was killed after her truck was struck by a suspected drunk driver Thursday night on the West Valley Highway in Tukwila, police said. Tukwila deputies responded to an accident report near... [Read more]

Police seeking suspect with ‘HATRED’ tattoo on face in Tukwila shooting

Police seeking suspect with ‘HATRED’ tattoo on face in Tukwila shooting

Police are seeking Kevin M. Vaughn, a suspect in the Thursday morning shooting in Tukwila. He has the word “HATRED” tattooed above his forehead. Two men on motorcycles shot at police as they... [Read more]

“Tip-A-Cop” In Tukwila This Thursday To Help Special Olympics

“Tip-A-Cop” In Tukwila This Thursday To Help Special Olympics

The Tukwila Police Department will be sponsoring a “Tip-A-Cop” fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics this Thursday, Sept. 23rd from 5pm – 9pm at all Applebee’s Restaurants,... [Read more]

One Of The Four Slain Lakewood Police Was Once A Tukwila Cop

One Of The Four Slain Lakewood Police Was Once A Tukwila Cop

Sgt. Mark Renninger Sunday morning (Nov. 29th) four Lakewood Police Officers were shot and killed in a coffee shop when a suspect suddenly opened fire, and one of the victims, Sgt. Mark Renninger, served... [Read more]

PHOTOS: That Wasn’t A Police Raid, It Was A Fundraiser!

PHOTOS: That Wasn’t A Police Raid, It Was A Fundraiser!

If you were in the vicinity of Red Robin on Southcenter Blvd. in Tukwila on Saturday you may have noticed an unusually large gathering of police cars, fire trucks, and even a SWAT paddy wagon along with numerous uniformed officers.

No, it wasn’t a police raid on the burger joint – it was the annual “Tip A Cop” fundraiser for Special Olympics.

“Tip A Cop” is a major fundraiser put on at Red Robins throughout Washington as well as many other states. It ran from Noon to 8pm Saturday, and the idea is this:

  • For a minimum donation of $5, you could have a friend (or family member) “arrested,” handcuffed and taken outside to a waiting SWAT paddy wagon by a real, uniformed police officer.
  • All donations went to Special Olympics.
  • Saturday’s goal was to raise $5,000.
  • Officers from the Tukwila Police Department were there, along with members of the Washington State Patrol, Recruits from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, as well as area Police Explorers.
  • Departments from around the US compete against each other, and this year, according to Tukwila Officer Ted Rutt, the main competition was against the state of Colorado.
  • The last Special Olympics fundraiser these guys pulled off was the Polar Bear Plunge on Valentine’s Day (read the story and watch our exclusive video here)
  • “Tip-A-Cop” is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) campaign, which includes a series of relay runs and other fundraisers represented by more than 85,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics.

Our own Scott Schaefer was there, and he took these photos: