Yakima shooting suspect had history of drug use and weapons collection | Crime and courts

Jarid Lawrence Haddock, the suspect in Tuesday morning’s triple homicide at a Yakima convenience store, has descended into drug use and “acting like a madman” in recent months, his mother told police.

Security footage from the store shows Haddock drove to Circle K, 1711 E. Nob Hill Blvd., around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and shot two people, Nikki Godfrey, 40, and Roy Knoeb Jr., 65. , inside the store before going outside and shooting Jeffrey Howlett, 54, as he sat in his Chevrolet Tahoe at the gas pumps, according to a probable cause affidavit in support of his arrest for first degree murder in the incident.

Haddock’s mother told police she believed her son was involved in the shooting and that his bullet-damaged car was at his home in West Birchfield Road, according to the affidavit. She also identified her son as the shooter after viewing the store’s video footage, according to the affidavit, prompting a response from Yakima SWAT that lasted several hours.

Haddock, 21, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Target and was pronounced dead around 3:15 p.m., police said.

Haddock’s mother also told police that her son had been using methamphetamine for three years and that his drug use had worsened over the past month, according to the affidavit. She said her son, who had been acting “crazy”, had a handgun as well as access to two long guns, including an AK-47 style rifle.

Early morning shot

The chain of events appeared to begin when the suspect locked himself out of his car.

Video footage from Circle K and nearby businesses showed a sedan entering the Arco station at the northeast corner of Nob Hill Boulevard and 18th Street around 2:55 a.m. and a person exited, the affidavit said. . This person returned to the car but was unable to enter either side.

After appearing to speak to another driver who pulled over, the person in the car tried the doors again, then drove to Circle K around 3 a.m. where video showed him walking around, looking excited with his phone in his hand for less than a minute. before leaving, says the affidavit.

He returned to the Arco and hung out in the parking lot before returning to Circle K around 3:30 a.m., according to the affidavit, but this time he entered with a handgun. In the video, he started shooting at Godfrey and Knoeb as he walked towards them and continued shooting as they fell to the ground, according to the affidavit. He replaced his gun’s magazine, according to the affidavit, shot Godfrey several times, then drove off towards the gas pumps.

At the pumps, video footage showed he drove to the Tahoe and fired several shots into the driver’s side window before heading east, according to the affidavit.

He was later seen again in Arco’s parking lot where he shot through the car window before getting in and driving off.

Previous Incidents

Court records show Haddock’s criminal history included charges of motor vehicle theft and possession of a stolen motor vehicle which were resolved in a felony hijacking agreement. The agreement allowed Haddock to have the charges dropped if he met certain conditions.

The hijacking stems from a March 18, 2020, incident in which a Yakima police officer saw Haddock walk past him 15 minutes after Haddock told the officer during a trespassing check that he was without shelter and could only get around on foot, according to court documents.

When the officer followed the car, Haddock began driving erratically in what appeared to the officer to be an attempt to lose him, before coming to a stop in the 1000 block of North First Street, the documents show.

It was there that the officer learned the car had been stolen and Haddock fled before being arrested, according to the documents.

Under the March 8, 2021 diversion agreement, Haddock agreed to be assessed for drug and alcohol abuse and submit to any recommended treatment, as well as not to break any laws, according to court documents. .

Prosecutors noted that he admitted to using methamphetamine, heroin and benzodiazepines in April 2021, and tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine in a drug test in July, but had been cleared to complete the diversion early with the charge dismissed in December 2021.

The day ends in more tragedy

At approximately 2:15 p.m., police received a call from a woman who reported a man pacing in the Target parking lot northeast of Yakima.

She said the man, later identified as Haddock, asked to use her phone; he then called his mother and told her he had killed people that morning, Murray told a news conference.

The woman said she was able to retrieve her phone and immediately called 911. A dispatcher advised her to go to a nearby business for safety reasons.

Police responded to the area within minutes and found Haddock suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Murray said.

Doctors arrived and administered aid. Haddock was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Herald-Republic reporter Phil Ferolito contributed to this report.