Man shot by police reportedly schizophrenic

EVERETT — An Edmonds man who was shot and wounded by police on Saturday reportedly suffers from schizophrenia.

At least two witnesses saw Aaron K. Eckley, 27, point a rifle at police officers during a confrontation, according to the arrest report filed Wednesday evening.

Eckley, who spent several days recovering at a Seattle hospital, declined to attend an initial court hearing scheduled Thursday in Everett District Court.

Eckley was being held for investigation of two counts of second-degree assault with firearm. He has no known criminal history.

Neighbors in the area of the 1200 block of Puget Drive in Edmonds called 911 about 7:30 a.m. to report seeing Eckley walking around with a .22 caliber rifle, according to court papers.

Two Edmonds officers arrived and approached Eckley.

“He failed to follow the officers’ repeated commands, and instead, he pointed the rifle at them,” court papers show.

The officers opened fire. Eckley was hit at least once in the side. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on Wednesday after being released from the hospital.

Both officers were placed on administrative leave. The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team is investigating, as is standard in cases where officers use potentially fatal force.

It was the fourth officer-involved shooting in the county this year.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449, rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

‘Come talk to me. Don’t jump, come talk to me’

State Patrol trooper Yaroslav Holodkov just happened to be driving by when he saw a suicidal man.

Marysville educators reach out to a newly traumatized school

Several affected by shootings in 2014 offered to talk with counterparts in Eastern Washington.

Serial killer wannabe admits trying to kill man she met online

She told police she planned to rip out her victim’s heart and eat it — and would continue killing.

Hurry! Target will take your old car seat, but not for long

The seats will be taken apart and the various materials recycled.

Sheriff’s Office receives national recognition

Sheriff accepts award “notable achievements in the field of highway safety” over the past year.

Edmonds-Woodway High School briefly locked down

A student tried to stop a fight and a boy, 16, responded by threatening the student with a knife.

Study considers making it legal to grow marijuana at home

The Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering two scenarios for allowing a minimal number of plants.

Minutes mattered the day Pat Ward was brought back to life

The Mukilteo police and fire chaplain died at breakfast. She got a second chance thanks to a waitress.

Hot weather takes toll on young Christmas trees

The effect is likely to be felt in the years to come when they would have been cut.

Most Read