Suspect who shot at Federal Way police charged with assault, robbery

Prosecutors said defendant is a danger as he was ‘willing to kill officers to escape arrest.’

A man involved in a shoot-out with Federal Way police two weeks ago was charged with assault, robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm on March 15.

Ricky James Apodaca, 28, was previously convicted in King County Superior Court for third-degree assault and domestic violence. His bail was set at $1 million due to his past criminal behavior.

“The defendant is a danger to the community and a flight risk, as he was apparently willing to kill officers to escape arrest,” according to the charging documents.

On March 14 at approximately 4:43 p.m., Apodaca and his accomplice entered the Macy’s located at 1901 S. Commons Way in Federal Way and apparently used a cutting tool to remove the security cable of a Michael Kors handbag.

According to the police report, a loss prevention officer saw this and attempted to stop both men after they began running towards the exits.

Two police officers were advised of this theft and arrived on scene to see the two suspects getting into the back of a maroon minivan. The officers then gave chase as the van exited the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

At around 4:48 p.m., officers located the suspect vehicle at the 33300 block of Pacific Highway S. and began initiating a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled over on South 333rd Street, and due to the nature of the call, officers initiated a high-risk stop.

According charging documents, Apodaca exited the back of the vehicle at the officer’s request, holding a firearm. He then raised it and fired an unknown amount of rounds at the police. Officers returned fire until Apodaca was no longer a threat.

The accomplice and the driver exited the vehicle and were placed in handcuffs. Apodaca was transported to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries.

See the Mirror’s original reporting on this here.

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