Skagit Investigators Say Everett Officer Involved Shooting Began As Domestic Violence Call

March 13, 2023


The Region 1 SWAT vehicle behind the house where the shooting happened.

An Everett Police Officer with seven years’ experience and a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy with nine years’ experience are on paid administrative leave following a fatal shooting of a 58-year-old man early Saturday morning in south Everett, Washington. Monday afternoon received the following update from the Skagit-Island Multiple Agency Response Team who were called to investigate the event.

In the early morning hours of March 11, 2023, the initial SMART Team deployment consisted of 22 members to include investigators, crime scene specialists, evidence technicians and command staff. The investigation during the onset included securing the site to collect evidence, document the scene, identify those involved, and interview witnesses.

Although it is early in the investigation, SMART has learned the following: On March 10, 2023, at approximately 11:23 pm Everett Police responded to the 800 block of 91st Place SW, for a victim of domestic violence with visible injuries. The suspect in the domestic was identified as a 58-year-old Everett male. Initial responding officers also learned the suspect was known to be in possession of both rifles and handguns in the past.

As a precautionary approach, officers contained the suspect’s residence and attempted to use a public address system to call him to the street. When he was seen looking out the window and not responding, he was considered a barricaded suspect. Snohomish County Region 1 SWAT was requested.

During the attempts to negotiate with the suspect, he was seen pointing a gun out the window. Attempts were made to negotiate with him also by text and phone. A warrant was obtained for the suspect’s arrest.

SWAT was in a position near the residence when a male was observed in the backyard. At approximately 1:21 am on March 11, 2023, five SWAT team members entered the backyard and gave the suspect verbal commands. Two SWAT Team members fired lethal rounds, striking the suspect.

SWAT provided immediate first aid, however the suspect died at the scene. The suspect was in possession of two handguns. No SWAT team members were injured during the encounter.

The two law enforcement officers involved in the lethal encounter are an Everett Officer with seven years of service and a Snohomish County Deputy with nine years of service. Both are on paid administrative leave as standard practice.

SMART will be releasing weekly press updates on Monday, during business hours, as required by WAC 139- 12-030. If events in the investigation prompt a timelier release, they will be sent out to the media outlets.

Lieutenant Mike Moore

Here is the complete updated release send out Monday afternoon from Lt. Mike Moore with Mt. Vernon PD

UPDATE MARCH 13, 2023-SMART Press Release – 23-ST0001 Snohomish County Region 1 SWAT

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