File photo

File photo

Federal Way man charged with killing man at Seattle bus stop

Jonathan Cleo Webb, 41, is accused of fatally shooting Walter Jay Treadwell, 46, on Aug. 17.

A Federal Way man has been charged with murder after being accused of fatally shooting another man Aug. 17 in Seattle.

Jonathan C. Webb, 41, is being held on $1 million bail, according to charging documents. The Federal Way man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Walter Jay Treadwell.

A “heated argument” between the two men took place on a Metro Coach bus in Seattle and led to the fatal shooting, according to documents.

Around 9:50 p.m. Aug. 17, Seattle police responded to reports of a shooting in the 4600 block of Aurora Avenue North. On the east side of the street, officers located Treadwell unresponsive on the sidewalk, according to documents.

The King County Medical Examiner would later determine his death was the result of having been shot three times with “one of the bullets having struck Treadwell’s heart,” charging documents state.

Webb, the suspect, had fled the scene before officers arrived. Later investigation discovered both Webb and Treadwell had been passengers on the bus that night and had disembarked prior to the shooting, according to documents.

Video and audio captured by cameras inside the Metro bus show both men sitting toward the rear of the sparsely occupied bus, with Webb seated a few rows in front of Treadwell.

“The cameras captured a heated argument between the victim and the suspect, at times during the argument Treadwell was standing over Webb while Webb remained seated,” according to probable cause documents.

As the bus came to a stop along Aurora Avenue North, Treadwell waited by the rear door to exit as Webb waited in his seat. As Treadwell exited, Webb stood up and followed, according to documents.

“After disembarking, Treadwell put his belongings down in the bus shelter and he took his shirt off and raised his arms,” according to documents. “Immediately upon exiting, [Webb] threw a pair of shoes he was carrying to the ground and pulled out a firearm.”

Webb pointed the .380 handgun directly at Treadwell and pulled the trigger, but it did not fire. Webb “racked the slide,” aimed the gun at Treadwell again and fired three rounds into him, according to documents.

During a later police investigation, Webb claimed he acted in self-defense.

“The defendant’s actions in this case demonstrate a clear risk to pubic safety,” charging documents state.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@seattleweekly.com.

More in News & Comment

File photo
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance

Nonprofits, activists are expecting greater need as workers are laid off.

Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo
Encouraging numbers for kokanee salmon spawn count

Lake Sammamish kokanee aren’t out of the woods by any stretch, but… Continue reading

In this file photo, Tayshon Cottrell dons his graduation cap and gown, along with a face mask reading: “Wear it! Save America” at Todd Beamer High School’s virtual graduation walk recording on May 20, 2020, in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Law gives Washington high school seniors leeway to graduate

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that can waive some requirements for students who were on track before the pandemic.

File photo
Study shows Washingtonians exceeded ‘heavy drinking’ threshold in 2020

The survey suggests Washingtonians drank more than 17 alcoholic beverages a week on average.

Mercer Island School District first-graders returned to in-person classes on Jan. 19, 2021. Here, Northwood Elementary School students head into the building. Photo courtesy of the Mercer Island School District
Governor: Educators are now eligible for coronavirus vaccine

“This should give educators more confidence,” Jay Inslee said. Other frontline workers could soon be next.

Malden, after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings in Eastern Washington. Courtesy photo
DNR commissioner seeks $125 million to fight wildfires

In Washington state last September, some 600,000 acres burned within 72 hours.

Washington State Supreme Court Justices (back row, L-R) Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Mary I. Yu, G. Helen Whitener, (front row, L-R) Susan Owens, Charles W. Johnson, Steven C. Gonzalez, Barbara A. Madsen and Debra L. Stephens.
Justices strike down Washington state drug possession law

Police must stop arresting people for simple possession.

In Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Inslee recently announced all counties will be staying in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan for the next several weeks. Pictured: People enjoy outdoor dining last summer in downtown Kent. Courtesy photo
Inslee: All of Washington to stay in Phase 2 for a few weeks

The governor issued a weekslong pause on regions moving backward, but has yet to outline a Phase 3.

Most Read