Seattle Police Freed Man Accused of Returning Home to Kill Hours Later

Seattle police have placed a sergeant and two officers on leave for releasing a domestic violence suspect now accused of killing his roommate.

Assistant Police Chief Nick Metz says the suspect should have been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of domestic violence.

The 40-year-old man, Valente Alvarez-Guerrero, was arrested Wednesday night after a fight with his 36-year-old roommate. Alvarez-Guerrero talked police into letting him go by saying he had surgery scheduled for his hand the next day.

About 7 a.m. Thursday the 36-year-old roommate was found stabbed to death at their apartment.

Police say Alvarez-Guerrero was arrested on a murder warrant about 6 p.m. Thursday night in Fresno County, Calif, after a chase.