Richard James Rotter has been identified as the suspect charged in the shooting of Everett, Washington Police Officer Dan Rocha.
Rotter was named in the records of the Snohomish County Jail, where he is being held on a variety of charges, including the murder of a police officer.
He is a Washington state career criminal who has led police on dangerous chases in the past.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rotter is accused of shooting and running over the Everett police officer
According to Fox 13, police say officer Rocha, 41, approached Rotter in the parking lot of a Starbucks about “suspicious conduct.” However, the police have not officially released Rotter’s name.
Rotter fought with the officer and then shot him several times, the television station reported.
He is then accused of running over the officers with his car and driving away. He crashed at another location and is arrested.
Officer Rocha died from his injuries. Daily Mail reported that he was shot in the head.
2. Rotter has an extensive criminal history that includes drugs, domestic violence and other crimes
According to the Lynwood Times, Rotter has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2004.
This publication listed the following offenses for rotters:
Driving with suspended 3rd degree license, 2004, Yakima
False Statement to Officials, 2004, Benton
Possession of marijuana, 2007, Ritzville
Malicious Mischief-3, 2008, Benton
Violation of Court Order, 2009, Benton
Domestic Violence Assault, 2009, Benton
Bail Jumping, 2009, Benton
Reckless Driving, 2009, Benton
Misreporting Grade 2, 2010, Benton
Resisting Arrest, 2010, Benton
DUI, 2010, Benton
Public Employee Disability, 2010, Benton
Driving with suspended 3rd degree license, 2010, Benton
Reckless Driving, 2010, Benton
possession of control substance, 2010, Benton
possession of the control substance, 2012, Franklin
Driving with suspended 1st degree license, 2012, Benton
possession of the control substance, 2012, Benton
Bail Jumping, 2013, Benton
Attempting to dodge a police vehicle, 2013, Franklin
Hit and Run Attended Vehicle, 2019, Benton
Driving with suspended 1st degree license, 2019, Benton
According to Fox 13, Rotter has “at least 18 felonies and hundreds of contacts with the Kennewick Police Department.”
In 2019, Tri-Cities Crimestoppers wrote on Facebook:
Richard Rotter was arrested by a Franklin County deputy Sunday, but not after he tried to evade the deputy. So he has more charges to face.
Washington State DOC and US Marshal Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force are searching for 47-year-old Richard J. Rotter. Rotter has a warrant to escape from community custody on the original charge of possession of a controlled substance. He added to his troubles by hitting a vehicle being driven by a task force member when they approached him as they attempted to arrest him in Richland, WA, on Wednesday afternoon. Rotter fled the accident and remains at large.
3. Rotter once led police on a “wild, dangerous chase”
A 2016 KFLD news article reported that Rotter, then 44, “was still wanted by Kennewick Police after leading them on a wild, dangerous chase.”
The story accuses Rotter of “leading officers on a dangerous southbound chase down Washington Street without using his headlights.”
According to KFLD, Rotter was sleeping in a silver 1999 Chevy Tahoe in that incident while he was wanted on pending warrants. When officers approached his vehicle, he drove away and later left the vehicle in a parking lot, the radio station reported.
4. Officer Rocha, who left a wife and two sons, was remembered as a hero
Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman called Rocha a hero in a statement posted to the department’s Facebook page.
“Yesterday our community lost a hero. Everett Police Officer Dan Rocha #1470 was fatally shot while doing his job protecting and serving the community he loved,” he wrote.
Officer Rocha was honored to wear the badge and proud to be an Everett police officer. He was well liked, highly respected by his staff and genuinely loved serving our residents. There are no words to understand this tragedy or ease the pain for Officer Rocha’s grieving family. Officer Rocha was a loving husband and father and a role model for his two sons. You should be very proud of your father as he made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our community. I ask that you keep the family of Officer Rocha and the men and women of the Everett Police Department in your thoughts and prayers as we all process this terrible tragedy. Officer Rocha is missed but not forgotten.
Templeman said in a press conference that the last time an Everett police officer died on duty was in 1999. “He was a great man, a great father, a great husband. His crew members loved working with him. He loved this job,” he said of Rocha.
Rocha started out as a park warden and worked hard to become a police officer in Everett, the chief said.
5. Rotter is from the Washington State area
A Facebook page
on behalf of Richard James Rotter says he worked for an electrician’s company, attended Spokane Falls Community College, attended Kennewick High School and was from Pasco, Washington.
It is also said that he got married in 2021. On March 1, 2022, he shared photos of trucks and wrote, “Part of my New Year’s resolution was to get these two beautiful A** rides!!”
On Facebook, he liked pages dedicated to addiction healing, but also liked CrimeStoppers and a Blue Lives Matter page.
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