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

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