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Ex-Bellevue cop involved in 2 deadly shootings now accused of murder in Virginia

Michael Hetle was with Bellevue police when he was involved in two deadly officer-involved shootings. Now he's facing murder charges for a shooting in Virginia.

Michael Hetle, a NASA employee and former Bellevue police officer, is accused of shooting and killing a 24-year-old man in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Hetle was arrested on Tuesday, but this wasn't the first time he was accused in a deadly shooting. 

Back in September of 2000 when Hetle worked for the Bellevue Police Department, he and another officer exchanged gunfire with a bank robber, killing the suspect inside the Nordstrom in Bellevue.

Less than 11 months later, Hetle was involved in another deadly shooting. The shooting happened in the parking lot of an east Bellevue apartment complex.
Hetle claimed he thought victim Nelson Martinez-Mendez was reaching for a weapon, but it turned out to be a wallet.

The family of Martinez-Mendez filed a lawsuit. Their attorney, Glenn Carpenter, explained in 2004 that they thought it was discrimination.

Ultimately, Hetle was cleared in both officer-involved shootings.

Now the former Bellevue police officer is charged with the murder of 24-year-old Specialist Javon Prather and is being held without bond.

In a social media post, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland expressed his condolences for Prather. Prather previously served in the Maryland National Guard.

Those who live near Tuesday's crime scene in Virginia said Prather and Hetle were neighbors, and over the years had been in an ongoing dispute over issues like noise complaints.