And he's free to come and go, KIRO-TV reports. Michael Trott was convicted of murdering Seattle Police Officer Nick Davis, 39, with his own service weapon in 1984 and sent to prison. But, diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic in 2003, Trott was civilly committed to Western State Hospital as a dangerously mentally ill offender. Later he was moved to transitional housing in the state's Program for Adaptive Living. But that program was recently closed down and its 25 mentally ill offenders transferred to other housing. Among them was Trott, who now has the run of the community in Spanaway, KIRO says.
The state says it followed all the rules in moving patients from the defunded program. "We are bound by statute to notify the people we notify, and we adhere to those standards and take that very seriously," said Western CEO Jess Jamieson.
But Nick Davis' son says his family wasn't informed of Trott's release. "It makes me feel angry because this guy took my father's life in an act of extreme violence," said Jerry Davis. Trott "shouldn't be allowed to be out, to roam free. He's just way too dangerous."
On Dec. 18, 1984, Trott, then 33, who had left a First Hill IHOP without paying a $5 tab, was tracked down by Davis in a foot chase. Trott wrestled Davis' gun away and then shot him twice before fleeing.
Pierce County Sheriff's Det. Ed Troyer said his department wasn't notified either of the release. "We're concerned because he killed a police officer, he has other assaults on police officers, he has a ton of mental issues, and he's considered violent--and he ends up in our county [with] nobody telling us. It's very concerning."