Teen arrested in death of state corrections officer

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on July 16, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 11:18 AM

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after an off-duty state corrections officer was killed following a fight at an apartment complex Saturday. It appears to have been a dispute over a woman.

The teen is facing a second degree murder charge for the death of Jonathan Favro, 22, of Aberdeen.

Hoquiam Police say the investigation started around 3:10 a.m. when an officer on patrol found an abandoned car in a ditch at 28th Street and Bay Avenue.  A large knife was found on the road near the driver's door and there was blood on the floorboard and airbag.  A shoe and a knife sheath with blood on it were found nearby.

An Aberdeen Police officer responding to the call found Favro’s body in an alley in the 2800 block between Bay and Pacific Avenues.

Another Aberdeen officer who also was responding was flagged down by the suspect’s mother. According to probable cause documents, she said her son called and said “I’m about to do something stupid, you better get over here.”

Police questioned the teen, who allegedly said that he had been out socializing with Favro and a 20-year-old woman, who the teen identified as his girlfriend. He said he was getting upset that Favro kept touching the woman.

All three returned to the woman’s apartment complex in the 500 block of 28th Street, where the teen allegedly said he stayed from time to time. According to probable cause documents, the teen said he was looking out an apartment window and saw Favro and the woman in a parked car.

The teen allegedly told police he grabbed a knife, punched Favro through an open car window. When Favro fought back, the teen allegedly stabbed Favro. That’s when Favro drove away and crashed the car.

The boy was booked into the Grays Harbor Juvenile Detention Facility.

The police documents do not indicate what the woman was doing when the fight was happening.

At the state corrections in Shelton, where Favro worked, a critical incident stress management team spent the day offering support to staff dealing with the loss.

“It’s a unique workplace. You get to know each other really well, even in a short period of time, so when you have a loss, even if it's not work related it's still a hard,” said Dept. of Corrections spokesperson Chad Lewis.

Information compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman

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