OAKLEY — The ex-boyfriend of missing Oakley woman Alexis Gabe was shot dead by law enforcement officers as they tried to arrest him Wednesday near Seattle, police said Thursday morning.
Marshall Curtis Jones was killed after charging at officers with a knife as they were serving the arrest warrant in Kent.Police planned to provide a major update Thursday morning on Alexis Gabe, an Oakley woman missing since January.
In a press conference Thursday morning, Oakley police said it was now believed that Gabe was the victim of a homicide, even though her body has not been found.
In a tearful address to reporters, Gabe’s father Gwyn Gabe said it was incomprehensible how Jones, the person they accepted as part of their family, could done harm to his daughter.
“They were together for three years, he got along with the two brothers and his cousins. He became part of our family. We had no idea he was capable of doing something like this to her,” Gabe said. “We didn’t want him dead, we wanted him arrested to pay for his sins. We wanted to meet with him face to face. We wanted to look him in the eye and ask him ‘Why?’ Ask him, ‘Where is Alexis?'”
“I know that the police are saying our daughter is gone, but our daughter will remain alive in our minds and in our hearts. We will continue to search for her until we find her.”
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Oakley police scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. to announce the new developments.
On a Facebook group page dedicated to helping find Gabe, her father posted an update early Thursday morning saying, “We are hearing a lot of activity occurring in the State of Washington and our daughter’s name has been mentioned. The Oakley Police Department will have a press conference to discuss the details.”
On Wednesday afternoon in Kent, Washington, officers shot and killed a man while attempting to arrest him on a murder warrant. Seattle police said the suspect charged out at officers holding a knife. A police detective, a Snohomish County detective, and a deputy US Marshal opened fire and the suspect died at the scene.
A woman who lives at the complex where the man was slain told KOMO News he was living with her and studying to be a law enforcement officer, and said the case was related to Gabe’s disappearance.
Seattle police did not identify the suspect and did not confirm the woman’s account of the case being related to Gabe’s disappearance.
Gabe was last seen on Jan. 26 in Antioch. Her car was found days later in Oakley unlocked with the keys inside. Surveillance video from where Gabe’s car was found showed someone getting out of the car and walking away. A $10,000 reward has been offered for any information on this case.
Police have twice, once in February and again last month, but have not revealed what was seized from the home and have not identified the ex-boyfriend.