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Sixth Person Arrested In Trooper’s Killing

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Thousands gather for memorial service for four fallen police officers in December 2011 (credit:Stephen Brashear/GettyImages)

Thousands gather for memorial service for four fallen police officers in December 2011 (credit:Stephen Brashear/GettyImages)

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A sixth person has been arrested and four others were charged Monday for allegedly helping a man who shot and killed a Washington State Patrol trooper during a traffic stop.

At a hearing Monday in Kitsap County District court, four people were charged with rendering criminal assistance in Thursday’s killing of Tony Radulescu near Gorst. They were being held on $500,000 bail each. They include Megan G. Mollet, 18, who was a passenger in the pickup driven by Joshua Blake when he was pulled over, the Kitsap County sheriff’s office said.

No details were immediately available Monday on the latest arrest, Kitsap County sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Dickinson said at a news conference.

Blake’s former girlfriend, Jessi Leigh Foster, 32, was arrested Thursday after Blake shot and killed himself. She has also been charged with rendering criminal assistance after police said she tried to help Blake flee. She appeared in court Friday and is held on $500,000 bail.

Two other people, Corinne Leah Nelson, 26, and Andrew William Bartlett, 30, gave Blake a ride from a Port Orchard house, where he abandoned his truck, to the trailer where he shot himself, authorities said. Another person, Daniel Lee Carter, 37, helped provide that getaway car, police said.

Dickinson said at a news conference that drugs were “a common thread” through the series of events and arrests. Mollet told investigators she and Blake had been smoking methamphetamine and drinking alcohol at their Bremerton home when they decided to go to Port Orchard.

As Blake and Mollet were driving through Gorst, Radulescu pulled Blake over. The reason for the traffic stop is still unknown,Dickinson said, but according to court documents, Blake told one of the suspects that he may have been speeding.

According to Mollet’s statement to police, Blake reached toward the glove box, pretending to get his registration, and instead pointed a gun at Radulescu and fired. Investigators said Radulescu was on the passenger’s side of the car at the time of the shooting.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that Washington state agencies lower flags to half-staff Thursday in Radulescu’s memory. A memorial service for Radulescu will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

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