Suspect charged after pot deal turns fatal in Federal Way

Mirror staff reports:

A suspect accused of fatally shooting a Federal Way man during a marijuana deal has been charged with a weapons violation.

The King County Prosecutor's Office charged Renton resident David S. Ross, 35, with unlawful possession of a firearm. Ross has not been charged with murder. His bail was set at $100,000, and his arraignment was set for Nov. 4 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

According to charging documents, Ross was attempting to sell marijuana Oct. 17 at the Greystone Meadows Apartments in Federal Way. During the transaction, the buyers tried to rob Ross and two other associates at gunpoint.

The buyers panicked after Ross allegedly announced that he was a police officer. According to documents, Ross then fired a handgun at the buyers as they fled through the common area of the apartment complex at 31500 1st Ave. S.

One of the alleged buyers, DeShawn Boykin, died that night at St. Francis Hospital of two gunshot wounds, just two days before his 19th birthday. Boykin was driven to the hospital by his brother, according to reports. The death was ruled as a homicide by the King County Medical Examiner.

Detectives worked through the night to locate the crime scene, interview witnesses, collect evidence and determine suspects.

According to documents, detectives listened to a phone call between one witness and Ross, and heard Ross admit that he fired shots at the two buyers as a way to get them to leave the area. According to detectives, three other suspects from the scene had corroborated reports of the attempted robbery.

That evening, on Oct. 18, police and SWAT team officers confronted Ross near the 1400 block of South 320th Street in Federal Way. Ross was shot by police while attempting to flee, according to reports. Ross was arrested and transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. No officers or citizens were injured in the incident.

Ross has previous felony convictions for marijuana sale and possession, along with juvenile convictions for assault and theft. According to the prosecutor's office, these prior convictions made Ross ineligible to possess a firearm.


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