A 52-year-old man shot dead early Sunday morning in Lynnwood was has been identified as Dean E. Urness of Edmonds, killed by a pellet fired from a powerful air rifle.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday reported Urness was killed by a “compressed air rifle/bb gun wound to the chest.” The death was ruled a homicide.
The Herald reports that police believe a 32-year-old woman arrested at a home near Lynnwood fired the shot. She is being held at the Snohomish County Jail on bail of $250,000 for investigation of second-degree murder.
Urness was found on the ground outside of a home in the 19500 block of Damson Road shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He died shortly afterward in an ambulance.
The Snohomish County Major Crimes Unit is investigating, and police say there apparently was an altercation involving several people outside the home. There might have been up to 10 people at the home before the incident, they say, and Urness might also have been hit in the head with a baseball bat before his death.
The people there gave conflicting account of what happened, but some said they saw the woman holding what appeared to be a rifle before Urness fell to the ground.
It is rare for anyone to be killed by an air rifle or pellet gun shot. Washington Department of Health records show only one such case of that between 2007 and 2011.
For the Herald story, click here.
For a previous Patch story on the case:
Lynnwood Woman Arrested After Fatal Shooting Early Sunday Morning