Killer of Seattle’s ‘Tuba Man’ arrested after being shot, fleeing hospital in a gown

Billy Chambers, 29, was found naked in a dumpster after police learned he had a warrant to escape communal custody.

SEATTLE — A man who was shot in Seattle’s Central District and later fled the hospital to avoid arrest on a warrant on July 14 was previously convicted of the 2009 murder of a well-known street musician.

Billy Chambers, 29, was found naked in a dumpster after police learned he had a warrant to escape communal custody.

Around 3:30 p.m., people reported hearing gunshots near 27th Avenue and East Spring Street. The police found about 20 shell casings. Witnesses told police several cars fled the area, including a red BMW.

A few minutes later, police were called to the scene of the BMW accident at 17th Avenue and East Madison Street. The driver, later identified as Chambers, told a witness he was shot.

Another vehicle picked Chambers up and dropped him off at a hospital on First Hill.

Detectives while gathering evidence at the two crime scenes found two firearms and questioned Chambers – whose identity remained unknown at the time.

According to Seattle police, Chambers was uncooperative and lied about his name. However, he was eventually identified.

Chambers ran out of the hospital on foot in his hospital gown. Moments later, a witness told officers she saw a naked man running down the block.

Police found Chambers in a dumpster.

Chambers waived his right to appear in court on July 15. No deposit was claimed.

Another court appearance is scheduled for July 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Killing of Seattle’s “Tuba Man”

In 2009, 53-year-old Edward McMichael, a street musician known to Seattle sports fans for playing the tuba and wearing funny hats, was robbed and beaten to death.

Chambers and another suspect, both aged 15 at the time, were arrested.

In 2011, Chambers, then 18, was arrested again after a crash on a King County subway bus. According to previous reports, a Northgate bus driver called for help after Chambers refused to pay for the ride and stopped the bus from moving by standing in the door.

Former Sheriff John Urquhart said at the time Chambers was bragging about who he was when lawmakers arrested Chambers.

Urquhart said Chambers told MPs he was “one of the people who kicked the tuba man to death”.

Chambers was serving three months in 2009 after being convicted of manslaughter in McMichael’s death.

Since then, Chambers has been convicted of five felonies and three non-felonies. He has served more than a year in both prison and jail for these crimes.

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