Drugs — not weapons — found at fatal-shooting site
The man shot and killed Friday by Federal Way police Officer Stacy Eckert was identified as Maksim I. Mayba, 21, who court records show pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in 2009.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Police found heroin and drug paraphernalia but no weapon inside the car in which a 21-year-old man was shot and killed Friday by a Federal Way police officer who said the man made "furtive movements" and refused to show his hands.
Auburn Police Cmdr. Mike Hirman identified the dead man as Maksim I. Mayba, who court records show pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in 2009. Other convictions include theft and numerous traffic violations.
Court documents identify the police officer as Stacy Eckert, a nine-year veteran.
Police arrested the alleged driver of the car, Gregory Barrager, 21, who was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of drug charges and attempting to elude police.
Barrager drove away after the officer fired into the car, which had been parked outside a Starbucks on Southwest Dash Point Road in Federal Way, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed last week to support holding Barrager in custody.
The car was found abandoned about a mile away with Mayba dead in the front seat. Hirman said a search of the car turned up heroin, pain pills and syringes.
According to the affidavit, Barrager surrendered after calling his mother.
The woman called police to say her son had told her that "he knew what had happened in his car" and wanted to help. When officers arrived at his Des Moines home, he insisted that he was not the driver, but that a friend named "Bryce" had been at the Starbucks in his car to buy heroin from someone named "Max," the affidavit alleges.
Barrager said Bryce had told him all the details of the shooting, according to the affidavit. Barrager was arrested when he could not provide any contact information for Bryce and officers determined he matched the description of the driver of the car.
Hirman said Officer Eckert was on her way to have a cup of coffee while on her break Friday about 1 p.m. when she saw what she believed was a drug transaction between two men seated in a parked black Infiniti.
The passenger door was ajar, Hirman said, and Eckert walked up to the car and identified herself as an officer and told the men to show their hands.
The passenger kept his hands out of sight beneath the car seat and appeared to be fumbling with something, Hirman said.
When Mayba did not obey Eckert's command, Hirman said, the officer feared he was reaching for a weapon and shot him through the open door. Hirman said the officer fired twice.
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