Suspect in Alexis Gabe case fatally shot by authorities

The ex-boyfriend of an Oakley woman missing since January was killed Wednesday in Washington while authorities tried to arrest him for her murder, authorities said Thursday.

Members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force shot Marshall Curtis Jones, 27, as they tried to arrest him in Kent, Wash., according to a statement issued Thursday morning by Oakley police. The statement said Jones charged at officers with a knife.

Oakley and Antioch police Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for Jones, charging him with Gabe’s murder, authorities said. Officers from the Seattle Police Department, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals Service were at the scene when the shooting occurred, Oakley police said.

Gabe hasn’t been seen since Jan. 26, when she was at Jones’ home in Oakley. Until Thursday, officials had told the public that Gabe’s was a missing-persons case. The city had offered a $ 100,000 reward for information leading to her return her.

Oakley Police Chief Paul Beard was expected to speak at an 11 am Thursday press conference at police headquarters. Beard has called the case the biggest in the short six-year history of the department.

Police had said since Gabe’s disappearance that they believed she did not go missing by accident or choice. Gabe visited Jones in Antioch on the night she went missing.

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