Jesse L. Hartman (Everett Police Department)

Jesse L. Hartman (Everett Police Department)

Suspect in fatal Everett shooting captured at U.S. border

Jesse Hartman was arrested in California as he tried to re-enter the country from Mexico.

EVERETT — Jesse Lee Hartman has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of an Everett man, after weeks on the run.

He was arrested Sunday by U.S. Customs officers at a pedestrian bridge in Otay Mesa, California, coming back into the country from Mexico, Everett Police Department spokesperson Aaron Snell said in an email.

Hartman, 38, has not yet been booked into the Snohomish County Jail. Snell was not sure when he would be.

Hartman has been charged with second-degree murder in Snohomish County Superior Court. His girlfriend, Miranda Elise Jones, 37, has been charged with criminal assistance. Both are from Everett.

Around 6:40 a.m. March 21, police responded to reports of gunshots and a rollover car crash at 1009 Pecks Drive in Everett.

They found a Toyota Camry had rolled over. The driver, Wyatt E. Powell, 40, was inside with a gunshot wound to the head. He later died at a local hospital, according to police.

No suspects were at the scene. Detectives spoke with witnesses and viewed surveillance footage to piece together what happened, a news release said.

They believe Powell may have run into Jones’ car earlier, and that Hartman chased, rammed and shot at the Camry because of that. Detectives discovered the two men may have known each other before and had problems with each other.

During the investigation, detectives spoke with a man who reportedly gave Hartman the vehicle involved in the crash, a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban.

Hartman reportedly told him that as the Toyota flipped, he fired his gun at it, court papers show. Hartman then allegedly told the man he threw the gun into the Snohomish River.

In the early 2000s, Hartman was convicted of two violent felonies: second-degree robbery and drive-by shooting. More recently, he was convicted of two counts of fourth-degree assault, in 2016, and third-degree theft, in 2015 — all misdemeanors.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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