Police Say Edmonds Man Injured in Shooting Displayed Weapon

Police say the man refused to get out of his vehicle and displayed a weapon out the window before shots were fired and the man was struck several times near Wayne Golf Course.

A 68-year-old Edmonds man injured in an officer-involved shooting Oct. 26 in Bothell refused to exit his truck and displayed a weapon out the window before officers shot him several times, according to a news release sent Wednesday by the Snohomish Multi Agency Reponse Team (SMART).

The man remains in Harborview Medical Center and is expected to survive injuries sustained during the incident, police said.

On Oct. 26, multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in an almost six-mile slow speed pursuit of the Edmonds man after his wife reported he was suicidal and left their Edmonds house with a weapon. When the man refused to stop, a spike strip was used to flatten the passenger side tires on his GMC Sierra pickup truck in Bothell. 

Shortly thereafter, the truck stopped in the 16700 block of 96th Avenue NE near Wayne Golf Course, just north of Kirkland. There, police say the man refused to get out of the vehicle and displayed a weapon out the window.

Shots were fired by police and the man was reportedly struck several times. Although still in Harborview Medical Center, the man was booked into King County Jail on Oct. 30 on the charge of assault in the second degree. Patch generally does not name suspects until they are formally charged.

The officers involved in the shooting are a 22-year veteran of the Edmonds Police Department and a sergeant from the Mountlake Terrace Police Department with 16 years of experience. Both are currently on administrative leave during the investigation. 

A SMART investigation was initiated as Snohomish County law enforcement officers were involved in the incident and their respective agencies requested the team investigate. 

Police are asking for the public's assistance with the case. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about it, is asked to contact the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 425-388-3845.

K.M. May November 02, 2012 at 05:13 AM
I wonder what they mean when they say that he "displayed a weapon"? Gosh I hope this sort of elderly man that he wasn't sitting there freaking out inside and wondering how to get out of the situation he was in. I'm probably way off, but for a moment I just wondered if he was maybe trying to (ignorantly, but innocently) "show" them that he had a gun so they wouldn't be surprised, or I hope he wasn't trying to "give" the cops his gun at THAT point. But who knows? Dumber things have happened. *************** I find it curious that it's never stated that the suicidal man "pointed a gun" at anyone, nor does it say anywhere that he "displayed a gun" at the cops or anyone else. The wording is what has me now questioning this, along with the fact that the police investigators are looking for Witnesses. I'm sure they would like to try to confirm from independent sources, the gist of what went on and how the suicidal man seemed to be presenting himself to the cops during this situation. Also, when I try to imagine what the older man was thinking, he well may have not had any idea that his wife had already called 911 on him and advised police that he had a gun. I just hope he wasn't trying to innocently and, as I said earlier, ignorantly, just trying to show the cops that he had the gun, just so that they knew. Since he got shot and I can't change that, I find myself hoping that he really did mean to threaten the cops and that he WAS trying to commit suicide by cop.We'll see!
Priya Sinha November 02, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Right on point.


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