Doctor: Marysville officers saved man’s life with tourniquet

After he was shot through an arm, police quickly applied a tourniquet. The suspect has been jailed.

MARYSVILLE — An emergency room doctor at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett credited Marysville police officers with saving the life of a man who was shot.

Their actions are described in a police report filed in Everett District Court after the overnight shooting Tuesday.

The man suffered a gunshot wound that entered his left bicep and left an exit wound through his right arm. An artery in the right arm was severely damaged, causing significant blood loss.

The doctor told a Marysville detective investigating the shooting that “the tourniquet applied to (the wounded man’s) right arm saved his life and the officers should be commended,” according to the report.

The man who was shot was only supposed to be staying at a Marysville woman’s home temporarily and had overstayed his welcome, according to the written report. She wanted him to leave. He refused.

Around the same time, an Everett man, 21, reportedly came to the home. The Everett man and his friend were going to help remove the no-longer-welcome house guest. Within about 15 minutes, the suspect allegedly shot the man.

The wounded man told detectives he was sleeping in a lounge chair when the two men awakened him. They reportedly told him the woman was kicking him out and he needed to leave. He said he needed to contact a friend for a ride. . The suspect said he needed to get his belongings and leave immediately.

“You wanna make it hard for you?” the suspect allegedly told the man.

The suspect allegedly hit him in the head with his gun. He got up to defend himself, but the suspect then reportedly shot him from about two feet away.

The suspect stood over the man after shooting him before fleeing in a silver BMW, according to court papers. The woman came into the dining area to find him lying on the floor.

When an officer asked him who shot him, the man was hesitant to say who the shooter was, but he responded with the suspect’s nickname in a quiet whisper, according to police. After a few more questions, the wounded man was reportedly in such pain he couldn’t answer any more.

He had lost a lot of blood and appeared very weak. The doctor said the officer-applied tourniquet likely saved his life. Sgt. Jeff Franzen said Marysville police officers have been carrying tourniquets for about 15 years. One of the three officers who applied it in this case was a former combat medic in the U.S. Army, he said.

The suspect was booked Wednesday into the Snohomish County Jail in Everett for investigation of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $100,000. He was in custody Friday.

He has previously been convicted of first-degree robbery. The suspect was also arrested for investigation of second-degree assault, driving with a suspended license, attempting to elude law enforcement and reckless endangerment after an alleged high-speed chase in March. During that incident, according to police reports, he drove the wrong way on I-5 and nearly ran head-on into a Snohomish County patrol car.

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