Explosives found after alleged shooting near Arlington

A 42-year-old man was arrested for investigation of assault and illegal possession of a firearm.

ARLINGTON — A 42-year-old Arlington-area man was jailed Thursday after allegedly shooting and threatening to kill an acquaintance who came to retrieve a cellphone. The arrest at the suspect’s home led to the discovery of explosives on the property. They were detonated Friday and Saturday by a Washington State Patrol bomb squad.

A spokesperson for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office did not provide any details about the explosives and said that part of the case was being handled by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

SWAT officers responded to the suspect’s home on the 19300 block of Burn Road, east of Arlington, early Thursday after police interviewed a man at Cascade Valley Hospital who had suffered a gunshot wound to his right pinky. His white Honda Accord had a bullet hole in the left side of the windshield, according to a probable cause document.

The victim, 40, told police he had gone to the suspect’s home to retrieve his phone and had pulled up at a gate when the man and a companion walked up and ordered him to leave. The suspect allegedly fired and the bullet grazed the victim’s finger. The gunman then told him to “leave before I put one in your head.” The victim drove to the hospital.

SWAT officers arrested the suspect at the rural home and found explosives. The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail in Everett for investigation of assault, illegal possession of a firearm and harassment with a threat to kill. Bail was $1 million.

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