Police respond in downtown Everett after a man collapsed with a gunshot wound Nov. 27. He later died. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file)

Police respond in downtown Everett after a man collapsed with a gunshot wound Nov. 27. He later died. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file)

Everett police continue to investigate November killing

Jerome Burnett, 48, died at the hospital. A suspect fled, according to police.

EVERETT — Police continue to investigate a November homicide in downtown Everett as a possible murder.

Police were on an unrelated call in Everett the night of Nov. 27 when they heard what sounded like three gunshots.

As they walked south from the 2700 block of Rockefeller Avenue, they heard a man yelling, according to a search warrant obtained by The Daily Herald. They found Jerome Burnett, 48, rounding the corner onto Rockefeller from the 1700 block of California Street. He reportedly walked toward them with a stick in both hands above his head. He yelled he’d been shot.

The officers told him to drop the stick. He did.

Then he collapsed.

Officers saw he’d been shot in the torso. He was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, where he died of a gunshot wound, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Burnett’s death was classified as homicide.

A witness told officers he had been confronted by an “unknown person” in the 1700 block of California just before the shooting, according to the warrant. The witness reported the person told him to get off that street. When the witness said “no,” the unknown person reportedly flashed a handgun.

He told officers he heard three gunshots as he walked away, according to police. Officers found bullet casings there.

A police dog and officers didn’t find a suspect that night. The investigation into the shooting around 8:30 p.m. that night occurred just as fans were leaving an Everett Silvertips game at Angel of the Winds Arena a few blocks away.

Surveillance video reportedly shows the unknown person going west before looking to turn north toward Hewitt Avenue.

An obituary noted Burnett was born in Manhattan, Kansas.

Jake Goldstein-Street: 425-339-3439; jake.goldstein-street@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.

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