Armed robber caught after fire, carjacking, shootings

An armed robber is in custody after being barricaded in a burning home, carjacking a couple at gunpoint, firing gunshots at officers and being shot at by officers.

Law enforcement Sunday pursued the armed robbery suspect, 33-year-old David Alexander Knox, who fired shots from a rifle at an officer after stopping at Austin Drive in Bremerton.

Knox led police on a chase on Highway 3 northbound from Loxie Eagans to Austin Drive, where he lost control of the vehicle and crashed. It was at the crash site where the suspect first fired shots at officers with what appeared to be a rifle — the same weapon that was then used to steal a vehicle at gunpoint.

Knox fled on southbound Highway 3 and entered a house on the 5500 block of Harlow Drive. Police set up a perimeter around the house, along with the county’s SWAT team. Approximately two hours passed, during which multiple negotiation attempts were made for Knox’s surrender. Knox continued to shoot toward the officers, even striking a sheriff’s office vehicle.

It is then believed that Knox started a fire inside the house and used the opportunity to flee on foot, still carrying the rifle, and took yet another vehicle. Road closures at 900 Price Road forced Knox to stop again, where more gunfire was exchanged, and the suspect was eventually arrested.

Knox was booked on nine charges, including two counts of 2nd-degree attempted murder and 1st-degree robbery with a bail set at just over $1 million. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, rendering criminal assistance, resisting arrest, assault 2nd degree and eluding.

The house, which was engulfed in flames, is believed to be a total loss. No injuries were reported.

Due to KCSO’s involvement and subsequent use of force, the investigation has been turned over to the Washington State Patrol. Shots were fired by KCSO personnel but the number of officers involved and number of shots fired remains under investigation.