- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) - The man convicted of killing a Seattle police officer in 2009 has died in prison.

The Seattle Times reports ( https://bit.ly/2k14LYC ) that Christopher Monfort was found dead in his cell Wednesday morning at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

Jeremy Barclay, a Department of Corrections spokesman, said Monfort was found in his single-person cell at 7:45 a.m. Prison staff began CPR but Monfort was pronounced dead by medics. Barclay said there was nothing suspicious in Monfort’s cell and there were no indications of self-harm.

Monfort, who was convicted in summer 2015 of aggravated first-degree murder for the ambush killing of Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night 2009, was serving a life sentence. Paralyzed below the waist by a gunshot he suffered during his arrest in Tukwila, Monfort’s health had deteriorated by the time he stood trial in King County Superior Court.

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