EVERETT — The 911 operator answered the phone, but no one was on the other end.
When the dispatcher called back, a woman answered.
“Get the police here now,” she said. “It’s bad. I’ll tell them when they get here.”
The woman, 50, allegedly had stabbed her husband to death hours earlier at the Bayview Apartments on Grand Avenue on Monday.
She told police she had thought about killing him for some time to “keep him safe.” She had been having mental health issues lately and told officers she thought she had gone “insane,” according to court documents.
The woman allegedly admitted that she had bought knives for the purpose of harming her husband. She had been having recurring thoughts of killing him, according to police reports.
The woman’s husband had recognized she was having mental health issues and asked her to talk with a doctor.
The pair were getting ready to go to some kind of appointment Monday morning.
She reportedly had been hiding a knife in her sweater. The man told his wife a taxi was on the way around 11 a.m. She allegedly stabbed him soon after, while he was sitting in a recliner, court papers say.
The woman told police she ran from the home.
At some point, the woman reportedly told her sister via text message that she was having suicidal thoughts.
The suspect called 911 around 7 p.m. and met officers at Everett and Lombard avenues. The door was slightly open when officers reached the apartment. They found the dead man in a hallway with a knife near his feet.
He appeared to be in his 50s. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office took custody of the body.
The woman was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree domestic violence murder. Bail was set Tuesday at $1 million.