Capture of suspect in teen’s grisly murder results in officer-involved shooting in Federal Way

A suspect in the murder of a teenage boy pulled a gun from his waistband during his arrest in Federal Way and was promptly shot fired upon, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect wasn’t hit by the round that came from a SWAT officer. The suspect, 28, immediately tossed the gun to the ground and laid down, following a deputy’s commands.

The incident unfolded in a grocery store parking lot in the 100 block of Southwest Campus Drive.

Earlier, major crime detectives with the Sheriff’s Office arrested a 20-year-old Federal Way suspect wanted for the murder of Juan Carlos Con Guzman, 16, of Des Moines.

The SWAT team deployed two distraction devices when they attempted to arrest the second suspect. The man ran down an embankment toward Campus Drive.

“The suspect at first appeared cooperative, put his hands up, dropped to his knees but then he retrieved a black handgun from his waist band,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The body of Con Guzman, a student at Mount Rainier High School, was found by fishermen Sept. 10 in the Green River near Auburn.

King County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said the site was a grisly scene, according to KIRO 7.

The King County Medical Examiner said Con Guzman died from multiple blunt-and-sharp-force injuries, according to the Auburn Reporter.

Con Guzman’s obituary said he was a native of Guatemala and hoped to join the soccer and basketball teams at his high school where he was a junior.

“His father states, ‘Nunca nos vamos a separar Juanito.’ This means, ‘We will never be apart Juanito’,” his obituary reads.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.