YAKIMA, Wash. — Three Snohomish County men have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Granger man in connection with a drug deal, and one was arrested Tuesday after a high-speed pursuit from Everett to Edmonds.

Warrants were issued for the arrests of Marcus Cruz Herrera Jr., 46; Jaime Herrera, 24; and Hector Silva Garcia-Ceja, 24, in connection with the death of Joe Albert Fuller on April 12 in Granger.

Everett police began chasing an Acura TL around 4:30 p.m. on Everett Mall Way, the Everett Herald reported. The chase traveled down Interstate 5 from Everett to Edmonds, and involved a stream of roughly 20 police cruisers. The suspect’s car exited south of Lynnwood, then took a tight turn and skidded over a curb into a grocery store parking lot.

Police agencies from Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Everett and Snohomish County converged on the scene. One of the Yakima suspects, 24, was a passenger in the car was arrested. He was not immediately identified by authorities. The driver was arrested for investigation of attempting to elude police.

No one was injured, though there were several collisions along the way.

“Typically we don’t pursue vehicles, however in this case there was a clear danger to the community if the suspects had been able to flee and continue doing what they were doing,” said Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell in a briefing with reporters.

April 12 homicide

In the Yakima homicide, deputies were called to the 1600 block of Cherry Hill Road around 6:50 a.m. for shots fired. They found Fuller, 44, dead in his car from a single gunshot wound to the torso, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

A witness told police he saw Fuller’s Honda Accord being pursued by an SUV before going into a canal, according to a probable-cause affidavit. One of the men in the SUV began firing at Fuller, who was in the car, the witness said, while a woman climbed out the passenger side of the Honda and was helped into the SUV, the affidavit said.

Another witness told police that a woman had texted Fuller that morning asking to buy 2 ounces of methamphetamine, the affidavit said. Fuller, the witness said, had been threatened several days earlier by Jaime Herrera over a drug deal that had gone bad, the affidavit said.

Evidence led detectives to determine that Jaime Herrera had the woman call Fuller to set up a drug purchase and meet Fuller at the Conoco gas station in Granger, the affidavit said. Video cameras from the gas station and the Granger Travel Plaza across the street show the woman getting into Fuller’s car and leaving the Conoco, at which time the SUV left the Travel Plaza and followed the Honda, the affidavit said.

Detectives said evidence from the scene determined that the SUV collided with Fuller’s car, causing it to go into the canal, the affidavit said.

Video and other evidence led police to identify Marcos and Jaime Herrera, a father and son from Everett, and Garcia-Ceja Jr. of Marysville as suspects. Detectives said the three are Sureño gang members with ties to Yakima and Everett.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Brian McIlrath at 509-574-2550 or Yakima County CrimeStoppers at 800-248-9980 http://www.crimestoppersyakco.org. Deputies say anyone who spots them should call 911 and not attempt to take them in.

This story was updated to correct Hector Silva Garcia-Ceja's name.

Reach Donald W. Meyers at dmeyers@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: donaldwmeyers, or https://www.facebook.com/donaldwmeyersjournalist/


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