Suspect in deadly Federal Way shootings arrested in E. Wash.

Suspect in deadly Federal Way shootings arrested in E. Wash.
Bernard Bellerouche
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The suspect in a recent string of Federal Way shootings that left two men dead has been arrested in Eastern Washington.

Bernard Bellerouche, 27, was caught over the weekend and is being held without bail in Benton County jail. He made his first appearance in a Kennewick courtroom on Tuesday.

Investigators suspect Bellerouche shot and killed a man earlier this month outside of a Federal Way apartment complex.

On the night of May 7, officers were called to an apartment complex located in the 27600 block of Pacific Highway South. When they arrived they found the body of a man in his 20s. The man, who has not been identified, had died of a single gunshot wound, according to police.

Detectives have also named Bellerouche a "person of interest" in two other shootings this month. On May 12, Des Moines police responded to several calls about gunshots in the area of South 218th and 29th Avenue South.

When they arrived on scene, police learned the shots were likely coming from two cars. While investigating, they found a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound sitting in a parked car. That man refused to say who shot him and was taken to Harborview Medical Center with unknown injuries, according to police.

A third shooting was reported early on May 13 in the 28100 block of 18th Avenue South in Federal Way. When police arrived at the scene they found an injured man sitting in a parked car outside of the Mariposa Apartments. That man, who was 22-years old, was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead later that morning.

After interviewing a host of witnesses, police now believe Bellerouche may have had a hand in all three shootings.

Federal Way detectives and the Valley SWAT team served a search warrant on Bellerouche's Federal Way apartment, which is located in the 27800 block of Pacific Highway South. Bellerouche, who also goes by the nickname "Crucial," wasn't in the apartment and police had warned residents to be on the lookout for him.