By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
EVERETT — Police continue to investigate allegations that an Everett transient was plotting to kill Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies at a local coffee shop.
Prosecutors late last week charged Michael McConnachie Jr., 19, with drug possession and having a stolen gun. McConnachie appeared Monday in Snohomish County Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held on $350,000 bail.
McConnachie was arrested in mid-April at a south Everett motel after detectives heard from a jail inmate who reported that McConnachie tried to recruit him to drive to a Starbucks to carry out a deadly plot against police.
McConnachie allegedly told the man that deputies often gather at the store for morning coffee. The man told detectives McConnachie planned to kill the deputies, according to court papers.
The man warned investigators that McConnachie had multiple guns, including an assault rifle and shotgun. He also said that McConnachie had bulletproof vests and a large quantity of ammunition, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Cindy Larsen wrote.
The next day police searched an Everett motel room, where they found McConnachie. Police reported finding a bag of heroin in McConnachie’s pocket. They also reported finding guns, ammunition and a bulletproof vest in the motel room, Larsen wrote.
One of the guns belonged to a Lake Stevens police officer, court papers said. The officer’s personal handgun was taken during a burglary at his home in December, court papers said.
McConnachie denied that he was conspiring to shoot deputies, Larsen wrote.
Police in November found multiple guns, 400 rounds of ammunition and drugs at a Lake Stevens apartment where McConnachie was reportedly staying with his girlfriend. McConnachie wasn’t home when police seized those items, Larsen wrote.
McConnachie initially was booked into the jail in April for investigation of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. He was charged with that crime in Everett District Court. The charge was not refiled in Superior Court but the investigation is ongoing, Larsen said.
Authorities said detectives were taking the reports of threats against deputies seriously in light of recent police killings. Six police officers in Western Washington were gunned down last year.
Marysville resident Timothy Brenton, a Seattle police officer, was shot to death on Halloween while sitting his a patrol car.
A month later a gunman fatally shot four Lakewood police officers at a Parkland coffee shop. Pierce County Deputy Kent Mundell was shot to death during a domestic-disturbance call in December.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; email@example.com.