Four Officers On Leave After Reportedly Exchanging Fire With Shooting Suspect In Everett

May 19, 2023

Police Blotter

Editor’s update 9:20 PM: The story has been updated to reflect 4 officers are on leave.

Officer involved shooting

Law enforcement officers run to an area near 9th and Pine street.

For the third time in the past 70 days someone has died after reportedly threating with a gun, or actually shooting at a police officer in the city of Everett, Washington.
Today an Independent Investigation Team is has been called in from King County to look into a deadly shooting involving Police this afternoon in north Everett. At this writing, two Everett Police Officers, a Lynnwood Police Officer and a Deputy with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are on paid administrative leave which is standard practice following the use of deadly force by a police officer.

According to Meeghan Black with the Bellevue Police Department and Public Information Officer for the King County Independent Investigations Team, officers with the Regional Violent Offender Task Force were at the Rivers Landing Apartments on 9th street in north Everett looking to arrest a man who had a felony warrant out of the Department of Corrections.

Black told that while outside of the apartment two men who were both armed approached the officers. While officers were dealing with them a third man, who was the subject of the warrant came out of the apartment and reportedly fired a weapon into the ground and took off running.

Additional help was called by officers on the scene. Multiple agencies responded. During the search for the suspect a woman contacted a deputy and reported a person shot at her. The deputy saw the suspect and gave chase and was joined by other officers.

The suspect and officers reportedly exchanged gunfire and the suspect was hit. He continued running until collapsing in an alley. Attempts to revive the suspect by both law enforcement and Everett Fire personnel were unsuccessful.

Black said the suspect was a 24-year-old male. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death and release the identity of the victim.

No officers or civilians were injured. Schools in the area did go into lockdown.

Because multiple Snohomish County Police agencies were involved the King County Independent Investigations was called.

On March 11th an Independent Investigations Team from Skagit County was called to Everett after a man reportedly with two guns confronted officers in the back yard of a house following a domestic violence call in south Everett. That investigation is ongoing.

On March 22nd the Snohomish County SMART Team was called to investigate after an Everett Police Officer was shot and a suspect killed near the Fred Meyer Gas Station in south Everett.


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