Police say a convicted cop killer was arrested following a traffic stop Wednesday morning along with two other convicted felons.
Quentin Ervin was convicted of the 1994 murder of Seattle Police Detective Antonio Terry.
Seattle police said officers stopped the car in the Rainier Valley for a minor traffic violation. A check of their IDs found Ervin is under Department of Corrections Supervision for first-degree murder. One of the passengers had an outstanding $10,000 warrant in Seattle and the other had a felony assault warrant.
The two passengers were arrested on their warrants. Ervin was arrested after the officers spotted what was suspected to be crack cocaine. All three men were booked into the King County Jail.
The Seattle Times reported in 2008 that Ervin and another man, Eric Smiley, were convicted in Detective Terry’s death. Prosecutors said one of the men shot Terry after he stopped to help them when their car broke down on an Interstate 5 offramp.
Ervin was initially sentenced to 27 years in prison for a second-degree-murder conviction. When prosecutors re-filed the case as aggravated first-degree murder in 2008, Ervin pleaded guilty in exchange for a lesser charge.