After 10 months, police make arrest in fatal Everett shooting

Police believe Malik “Capone” Fulson killed Joseph Haderlie, 27, in April 2023 outside an apartment complex on Casino Road.


EVERETT — Police arrested a Lake Stevens man Wednesday in a fatal shooting last year at a Casino Road apartment complex.

For 10 months, investigators released few details about the April 29 shooting that left Joseph Haderlie, 27, dead at the Crystal Springs Apartments at 702 West Casino Road.

Around 10:30 p.m. that night, Haderlie and two women were standing in the apartment parking lot when Malik Fulson, now 30, approached them, according to a police report filed in Everett District Court. Fulson had dated a woman who Haderlie later had a relationship with, according to police.

Fulson asked Haderlie if he was “good,” witnesses later told police. He tried to shake Haderlie’s hand. Haderlie refused.

The two women went back into the apartment. Haderlie stayed outside with Fulson, according to the police report.

Hearing something, one of the women went back outside and saw Fulson shoot Haderlie multiple times, according to police. Haderlie grabbed his neck and said, in a garbled voice, “what the (expletive),” a witness reported. Fulson fled the scene.

It was unclear what happened in the moments before the shooting.

Investigators found multiple .380-caliber shell casings in front of the apartments, police said. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Haderlie, of Portland, Oregon, died of gunshot wounds.

In a police interview in late January, another witness identified Fulson as the shooter, saying he introduced himself as “Capone.” The witness reported the suspect was wearing a black T-shirt, black jeans and a blue bandana. The clothes matched a video Fulson posted to Snapchat the night of the shooting, according to police.

Law enforcement databases reportedly corroborated that Fulson, who police identified as a gang member, went by the nickname “Capone.”

On Wednesday, police arrested Fulson at the Safeway on Broadway for investigation of second-degree murder.

Fulson agreed to a police interview. He denied killing Haderlie and reported knowing who did. But he wouldn’t identify a suspect because he said he was afraid of what would happen.

Fulson confirmed he was at the apartment complex the night of the shooting, but told investigators he left before Haderlie was killed. He reported getting rides to and from the apartments.

Phone records reportedly showed Fulson at the apartment complex starting just before 6 p.m. the day of the shooting until 3:30 a.m.

On Thursday, the suspect made his first appearance in court. Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui found probable cause for second-degree murder.

Deputy prosecutor Martina Wong requested Bui set Fulson’s bail at $2 million. Fulson’s public defender, Ama Okoro, asked for $500,000 bail. Bui sided with the prosecution.

Fulson has four felony convictions, for second-degree robbery, unlawful firearm possession, third-degree assault and harassment. In 2020, he was sentenced to a year in jail on the harassment case.

In 2017, prosecutors dropped charges against Fulson after he was accused of being in a car during a drive-by shooting that ended with no injuries.

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