Investigation into homicide suspect’s death continues

KCIRT issues report, says nothing new on Friday

PORT ORCHARD – The Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team (KCIRT) said its investigation into the death of Sean Michael Howell at the Kitsap County Jail in May is continuing, pending the Kitsap County Coroner’s report.

The team said in a news release that it had nothing additional to report on Friday.

Howell, 28, was arrested by the Bremerton Police Department on May 8 and booked into Kitsap County Jail for first-degree murder.

At around 10:30 a.m., on May 9, Kitsap County corrections officers responded to an incident involving Howell, who was housed in a crisis cell attempting to tamper with the cell’s sprinkler system, according to the team. Corrections officers stated they entered Howell’s cell and attempted to restrain him with the intention of moving him to a different cell.

Howell began to violently resist, the officers said, resulting in Howell and one of the corrections officers being injured and transported to the hospital. The corrections officer was treated and released, but Howell died on the morning of May 15.

The Washington State Patrol continues to serve as the lead investigating agency. Additional details about the incident will be released as the investigation continues, the Bremerton Police Department said in the release.