Isaac Zamora, the man who killed six people including a sheriff’s deputy during a shooting rampage in Skagit County in 2008, has been deemed too dangerous to stay at a state mental hospital and has been transferred to the prison in Monroe.
The Department of Social and Health Services sent a press release Wednesday saying it had the right under state law to transfer a patient who “presents an unreasonable safety risk in a state hospital setting” for patients who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
DSHS did not name the patient, citing privacy laws, but the Department of Corrections confirmed it was Zamora.
Zamora remains in the legal custody of DSHS, which says it will ensure that Zamora continues to receive appropriate treatment under an agreement with the DOC.
Zamora shot and killed Deputy Anne Jackson, Chester Rose, David Radcliffe, Greg Gillum, Leroy Lange and Julie Binschus in the Sept. 2, 2008 rampage. Four people were injured.
After the shootings in the Alger area, police believe Zamora drove south on Interstate 5, racing at speeds in excess of 90 mph with police in pursuit. Zamora eventually drove to the Skagit County's Sheriff's Office in Mount Vernon, where he surrendered and was taken into police custody.
Zamora pleaded guilty to four of the murders, but as part of a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the murders of the first two victims – Jackson and Rose. That ensured he would be sent to a mental hospital rather than prison.