Suspect in custody after chase, gunfire in Everett

EVERETT — It was not a typical morning for Kristin Kreyenhagen and her dog Bubba.

A little after 11 a.m. Monday, she heard what to her sounded like four or five gunshots.

Soon afterward, she looked out a window of her north Everett home and saw police swarming the neighborhood, some carrying assault rifles.

Minutes later, a man accused of stealing a pickup truck and shooting at police was sprawled out on his stomach on the pavement. He was then ushered into a patrol car.

It was a dramatic moment for the neighborhood, she said.

Officers and police dogs spent hours searching for the handgun police say the man dumped while running from officers. No one was hurt in the incident, which remains under investigation.

Everett police officer Aaron Snell said it was unclear how many shots the suspect fired.

Police did not return fire.

The suspect was arrested about 11:45 a.m.

Investigators believe the man, 30, stole a black Ford F-350 pickup from an automobile dealer, according to Washington State Patrol Sgt. Jason Longoria, who leads the Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force.

A Marysville police officer had attempted to pull the truck over in the area of Fifth Street and Beach Avenue, Marysville police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said. The truck didn’t have any license plates.

The pursuit began in Marysville and wound down Highway 529 into an Everett neighborhood, near Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

At some point, the man crashed the stolen truck into a parked car, which then hit another parked car.

He took off running and reportedly fired several shots at a Marysville officer, who was not hit.

Officers began searching the area with a police dog.

The man was taken into custody at gunpoint a short time later in front of a home in the 1400 block of Hoyt Avenue.

Police were seen pinning the man to the ground. He wore a white tank top and jeans. He apparently shed a sweatshirt sometime during the commotion.

About a dozen squad cars lined the streets. Investigators cordoned off a four-block area with yellow police tape.

Everett and Marysville police joined troopers,

Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies and the county’s Auto Theft Task Force at the scene.

The stolen truck could still be seen with the engine running. No key was visible in the ignition.

Five Everett schools went into lockdown for about 10 minutes during the incident, district spokeswoman Mary Waggoner said. Included were Hawthorne, Garfield and Whittier elementaries, North Middle School and Everett High School. The lockdowns were a precaution requested by police, she said.

Brian Dean was painting inside a home in the 1500 block of Hoyt Avenue when he heard the gunshots.

“The first thing I did was tell my ex-wife to get her head down,” he said.

Both Dean and Kreyenhagen said the gunfire was unusual in a friendly neighborhood with wide sidewalks and lots of dog walkers.

“It’s real quiet around here,” Dean said. “This was way too close too home.”

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Suspect sought in two Everett bank robberies

He’s described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1, with dark hair and a goatee, and may have a neck tattoo.

Jogger unharmed after fending off attacker in Edmonds

Police released video of a man they believe to be the attacker.

Two missing men found, one alive and one dead

The man found alive was found in an apartment across the hallway and taken to a hospital.

Darrington School Board dealing with upheavals

The crux of the controversy seems to be the superintendent’s job.

Alaska Airlines has selected destinations for new service from Paine Field. (Alaska Airlines)
Alaska Airlines will fly from Everett to 8 West Coast cities

Two destinations that didn’t make the list were Spokane and Hawaii.

Three teens arrested for Marysville school vandalism

Windows were broken and a trash bin was on fire Sunday night at a Marysville middle school.

Langley mayor threatens newspaper with lawsuit

The mayor threatened to sue the paper over claims he withheld public records disclosure information.

Divers called to recover body after train hits pedestrian

The accident was reported by a BNSF crew near Woods Creek in Monroe.

Katharine Graham, then CEO and chairwoman of the board of The Washington Post Co., looks over a copy of The Daily Herald with Larry Hanson, then The Herald’s publisher, during her visit to Everett on Sept. 20, 1984. The Washington Post Co. owned The Herald from 1978 until 2013. (Herald archives)
A local connection to history

Retired Herald publisher Larry Hanson remembers The Post’s Katharine Graham, who visited several times.

Most Read