Jury convicts man in 2015 police shooting at Hometown Inn
FLINT TWP. — A Genesee County jury has found a Flint Township man guilty on 13 felony counts related to a 2015 shooting of a police officer, according to a press release from Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. Christopher Arren Washington, 57, was charged and convicted of assault with intent to murder and 12 other felonies related to an incident that occurred on January 23, 2015 at the Hometown Inn on Miller Road in Flint Township.
What started out as a traffic stop and attempted arrest of Washington on outstanding warrants quickly escalated as Washington resisted police. Washington then pulled a handgun and fired and struck the officer three times. That officer was able to escape and seek cover in an adjacent parking lot as backup officers arrived on the scene. Washington then rammed his vehicle into the patrol vehicle of a responding officer and got out and fired at him and a police K-9 in the vehicle. A gun battle ensued and Washington was struck six times but survived. Police were able to subdue, arrest, and take him into custody.
“I am very pleased with the conviction of this dangerous individual,” said Prosecutor Leyton immediately following the verdict. “It is incidents like these that every police officer risks encountering when they put on their uniform each day. I am grateful that no lives were lost and that we were able to see justice through in this case,” he said.
Washington is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19 at 9 a.m.