Everett man dies after altercation

  • Sat Jan 30th, 2010 11:41pm
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By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

EVERETT — Major crimes detectives spent Saturday trying to figure out what led to the death of a south Everett man after some kind of family argument.

The man, 50, died after an altercation, Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Kathi Lang said in a press release.

The man’s son, 18, was taken into custody but was not immediately jailed. He was being questioned, but sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Rochon stopped short of describing the teen as a suspect.

The son called 911 around 12:34 a.m. to the 12600 block of E. Gibson Way.

He told deputies he hit his father during a fight, Lang said.

The father reportedly fell down and stopped breathing. He could not be revived and was dead at the scene, Lang said.

A small group of people were at the home at the time of the fight.

Sheriff’s detectives planned to obtain search warrants as part of their investigation, Rochon said.

The dead man’s name was not immediately released.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to conduct an autopsy.

This is the fourth homicide investigation in the county this year.

Everett police still are investigating the death of Forrest Frownfelter, 76, who was found with gunshot wounds in the garage of an Everett senior center on Jan. 2. A homeless man was arrested for taking Frownfelter’s weapon but it’s not clear if he was involved in the death. Frownfelter may have taken his own life, officials have said.

That same morning, sheriff’s detectives were called to a Lynnwood-area apartment to investigate the killing of Armond Davidson, 22, of Seattle. Michael J. Mitchell was arrested Jan. 9 and has been charged with second-degree murder.

Eric James Christensen, 40, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the killing of Sherry Harlan in her apartment Jan. 2.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3437, jholtz@heraldnet.com.