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Man shot by police had shotgun, prosecutors say

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By Eric Stevick
Herald Writer
BOTHELL -- An Edmonds man allegedly stuck the barrel of shotgun out of an open driver's door window moments before he was shot by police in Bothell last Friday, according to court papers.
"It appeared that the gun barrel was beginning to move backwards towards the three officers," King County prosecutors wrote in court papers charging Robert A. Marvin, 68, with second-degree assault.
Marvin on Thursday remained in police custody at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds. His arraignment is set for Nov. 8.
Marvin was reported by his wife to be armed and suicidal when he left their home and led police on a long but slow pursuit on crowded public roadways through Edmonds, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Bothell on Friday afternoon, court papers said.
Police said he refused to pull over. His GMC Sierra was stopped by spike strips.
The GMC stopped near a golf course in the 16700 block of 96th Avenue NE in Bothell. Marvin allegedly refused to get out of the vehicle and poked his shotgun out the window.
Prosecutors allege that he also refused to comply with officers' commands to drop his weapon and surrender.
"He pointed his shotgun in the direction of the officers leading them to open fire," King County deputy prosecutor Jeffrey Dernbach wrote in the charging papers.
Two officers -- a patrol officer from Edmonds and a sergeant from Mountlake Terrace -- fired at Marvin, causing serious injuries that prompted him "to slowly exit the truck out onto the pavement," court papers said.
Police found a double-barreled shotgun and ammunition inside the truck, court papers said.
Medics transported Marvin to Harborview. Court papers indicate he has injuries to the left side of his face.
The officers are on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation. The incident is being investigated by a special team of homicide detectives with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team.
Prosecutors have asked for $250,000 bail.
"Although the defendant has no known criminal convictions his actions during this incident were highly unstable and dangerous," prosecutors argued in court papers.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446,
Story tags » BothellEdmondsAssault

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