Renton man arrested charged with murder in deadly Kent shooting

By Nicholas Johnson

A 39-year-old Renton man was accused In a September 19 shooting on Wednesday that left one dead and two others injured at a Circle K gas station in Kent, court documents show.

Joseph “Dirty” Bert Dixon is charged with first degree murder, two counts of first degree assault and illegal possession of a firearm in King County Superior Court. He is expected to be brought to justice on Oct. 13, according to the King County District Attorney’s Office.

Laying the charges, Senior Assistant District Attorney Brandy Gevers asks the court to deny bail, noting that Dixon, who was released from state prison on March 5, has “a well-documented history of violent crime. and has already been convicted of a crime ”. according to the file.

Dixon was arrested Monday, September 27, in the parking lot of a Safeway in Clearview, Wash., After attempting to escape by hitting police and other vehicles with his own vehicle, documents show judicial. At the time, Dixon had a 4-year-old and another passenger in the vehicle with him, police said.

Dixon, who is currently being held at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, was first taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after SWAT officers shot him in the back as he took him into custody at view, according to police.

“Without warning and without provocation,” Dixon allegedly shot Devon Hill while sitting in the back seat of a Cadillac SUV at around 1:18 a.m. on September 19 at a Circle K gas station in the 1800 block. of West Meeker Street (read our previous coverage here).

Dixon also allegedly shot the driver of the SUV, 36, and the front passenger, 23, who then ran away from the car and collapsed before Dixon jumped into the SUV and left with Hill on the back seat. , according to court documents.

At approximately 2:40 am, police located Hill’s body “lying face down in the gutter” along 38th Avenue South in the West Hill neighborhood. Shortly after, police located the unoccupied SUV a few blocks north, court documents show.

Days later in Harborview, the 36-year-old victim told a detective that Dixon was his friend and that “I don’t know why he did that”, according to court documents.

On the afternoon of September 20, a witness told detectives that a white man who would later be identified as Dixon “bragged about robbing and shooting people and stealing their car.” and was in a motel in Bellingham, according to court documents.

On September 26, another witness who said they knew Dixon told detectives that Dixon showed up at the motel on the afternoon of September 19 and told the witness “he had to take a shower because that he had blood and brains on his jeans. ” according to court documents.

Dixon then laughed, told the witness to detectives, then told the witness “that he shot three black men in the parking lot of a gas station and that he believed two of them were dead.” .

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