Suspect charged with murder in Federal Way shooting

Suspect charged with murder in Federal Way shooting
Bernard Bellerouche

SEATTLE -- A 27-year-old Federal Way man police believe to be responsible for a string of shootings that left two people, including one innocent bystander, dead has been charged with murder in connection one of the killings.

Bernard Bellerouche was arrested Saturday in Eastern Washington after being implicated in a May 7 shooting that left one dead in Federal Way, a May 12 shooting in Des Moines that left one injured, and a May 13 shooting in Federal Way that caught a 22-year-old U.S. Marine in the crossfire, according to police.

Bellerouche is now facing charges for murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the May 7 shooting that killed 28-year-old Demario Washington. If convicted, he could spend 27 to 35 years in prison. He is currently being held on $2 million bail.

According to the charging documents filed this week with King County Superior Court, Bellerouche killed Washington with a single shot to the back of the head outside Washington's apartment complex.

Two people, including one man who had been with Washington when he was shot, identified "Crucial," Bellerouche's nickname, as the shooter. Another witness said Washington was killed following an argument about "loyalty."

Bellerouche, who has multiple felony convictions, is scheduled for arraignment June 12. He has not been charged in connection with the other two shootings.