Sheriff fires detective over tactics that led to shooting

SEATTLE (AP) — King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht has fired a longtime detective after finding that his aggressive actions led to the death of a man wanted in the theft of a pickup truck and pet poodle. The Seattle Times reports former detective George Alvarez was one of two undercover deputies who confronted and fatally shot Anthony “Tony” Chilcott on Nov. 25, 2019, just outside Black Diamond, after ramming the stolen vehicle he was driving. In a termination letter dated March 25, Johanknecht said Alvarez made a series of questionable tactical decisions unacceptable to a deputy with his experience. A Seattle attorney representing Alvarez said Alvarez will challenge his termination.