GRANITE FALLS — A Lynnwood man was shot Monday evening after an encounter with Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies east of Granite Falls.
The man, 34, earlier had texted a friend, reportedly saying that he was suicidal, said Kristin Banfield, a spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team. That friend called 911 about 5:15 p.m. and provided information about where the man may be headed.
Three sheriff’s deputies spotted the man’s vehicle along the Mountain Loop Highway at the winter-closure gate near Deer Creek.
“After contacting the man, a deputy fired multiple shots,” Banfield said in a news release. She reported that multiple “edged weapons” — police terminology usually used to describe knives — were recovered at the scene.
Aid was provided to the wounded man until Snohomish County Fire District 17 reached the scene. He was transported to to the U.S. Forest Service Station at Verlot and then taken by helicopter to Harborview Regional Medical Center in Seattle.
Details about the man’s condition were not immediately available early Tuesday morning.
The shooting is being investigated by SMART, a cadre of seasoned detectives from departments around the county. The team focuses solely on officer-involved shootings and other use-of-force cases. Its findings are sent to county prosecutors for review.
The man’s interactions with deputies are being investigated, Banfield said. The deputy who shot the man, an 18-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, has been placed on administrative leave. That’s standard practice in shootings involving police.
Monday’s shooting was the second involving sheriff’s deputies in roughly a month. On Jan. 21, a Lake Stevens man was fatally shot by deputies during an encounter under the U.S. 2 trestle east of Everett. That man reportedly had told his wife he was suicidal and hoped police would shoot him.