Police: 4 deputies fired shots at domestic-violence suspect

The man was hit in the leg, then jailed, after allegedly assaulting his wife near Everett.

EVERETT — Four deputies opened fire during a standoff with an armed man this weekend at a home east of Silver Lake, according to new details released Monday.

The man’s wife called police at 9:49 p.m. Saturday, saying he was intoxicated, throwing things and assaulting her. The man, 67, aimed a rifle at his wife, 69, and he reportedly made threats to barricade himself in the house and shoot responding police, according to her report to a dispatcher.

Just as deputies arrived in the 4100 block of 120th Place SE, the wife escaped the home. Her clothes were covered in food that she said her husband had poured on her.

Deputies moved toward the house. A deputy saw the man cocking the bolt action of a gun in the three-door garage, according to a probable cause statement filed in court by a detective. Moments later the deputies heard shots and saw the husband on the ground by the front tire of an SUV in the driveway. At some point, deputies opened fire.

They negotiated with the man for a quarter-hour and ordered him to walk or crawl to the road. He put his hands up to surrender, about 40 minutes after the first 911 call.

The man was shot in the left leg. A deputy made a tourniquet until an ambulance crew could tend to him. Court papers don’t say at what point the deputies fired, or who is believed to have fired the shot that hit the man.

Detectives were still putting together a timeline of the incident, said Julie Moore, a spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team.

The team, better known as SMART, is a cadre of detectives who investigate shootings involving police in the county.

As is standard, the four deputies on the call were placed on administrative leave. They were hired by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The man was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett for treatment. He was booked into Snohomish County Jail around 6 a.m. Sunday for investigation of domestic violence assault in the second degree and harassment with threats to kill. Both are felonies.

Meanwhile, deputies went into the home. They found three rifle cases in the garage and two rifles near the front door. It appeared the house had been made ready for a barricaded standoff, with furniture pushed near the door, according to the detective’s report.

At the scene, detectives found a Ford F-350 pickup had three shattered windows and bullet marks in the bed. A Jeep was hit by gunfire, too. It had a flat tire and fresh damage to the driver’s side mirror. Beside the Jeep were a revolver and a trail of blood leading to the street.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; chutton@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snocaleb.

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