On December 31, 2009, at approximately 1:17 a.m. deputies from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 20200 block of Bothell Everett Highway for the report of a disturbance at the Archstone Apartments. Shortly after the original call, deputies were advised by dispatch that the call had been upgraded to an assault with a weapon. When the first deputy arrived he located three individuals, all males, outside in the parking lot near building 14. One of the males had a puncture wound to the face.
A confrontation occurred between the deputy and one of the males involved in the reported assault. Shots were fired by the deputy, striking the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by aid.
It has been determined that the three persons involved in the original call are related and live in the same apartment, a female, her father, and her boyfriend. The female was not outside at the time of the shooting. The man who was shot is the female’s boyfriend. The third male outside at the time of the shooting is a witness. He told detectives he felt threatened by the suspect and that his life was in danger. Detectives have not released any other details about the interview with the witness.
The female and her father were transported to the hospital by aid car. The father was being treated for a puncture wound the face. It is believed that his wounds are not life threatening. The female, who is pregnant, was transported as a precaution.
The deputy involved in this incident was not injured. He is in his mid thirties and has been with the Sheriff’s Office for more than two years. He has been placed on administrative leave which is standard practice in such cases.
Detectives investigating the early morning officer involved shooting have released the following details regarding the incident.
Investigators have confirmed that the deceased man did stab the other man (father of the woman) in the face with a screwdriver while inside the apartment. Investigators did locate a screwdriver next to the suspect’s body at the scene along with a second screwdriver near the apartment.
No information is being released regarding the confrontation between the suspect and the deputy since investigators have not interviewed the deputy yet.
There will be no further updates regarding this incident until at least Monday. The suspect’s identity and cause and manner of death will be released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiners Office.