Goat-butchering argument leads to gunfire near Marysville

It was a dispute over who was supposed to clean up the mess. One suspect was arrested.

MARYSVILLE — A man fired a gun toward three people who butchered a goat on his property near Marysville and tried to leave without cleaning up, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The men were visiting a 10-acre farm off 19th Avenue NE Tuesday evening, to buy and carve up the animal.

A homeowner became angry because the trio “did not clean up the mess they had made after butchering the goat, as agreed prior,” according to a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man, 28, blocked the driveway with a truck and trailer when they tried to drive off. While the men were in the vehicle, he fired a shot into the driver’s side rear tire, according to the sheriff’s office. He shot from a distance of 10 to 15 feet, sheriff’s spokeswoman Courtney O’Keefe said.

“I will shoot you, (expletive),” the gunman reportedly told them.

The men were able to calm him down — then called 911. They reported hearing multiple shots. One bullet casing was recovered at the scene.

There was no other damage to the car.

The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault. Court records suggest he had no felony history in Washington.

Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui set bail Wednesday at $25,000.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; chutton@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snocaleb.

More in Local News

Will Boy Scout bankruptcy sweep abuse cases under the rug?

38 scouting officials in Washington were known to be a danger to kids, including one in Everett.

Separate suspected DUI, hit-and-run crashes hospitalize 4

Emergency responders were busy Saturday night after three collisions across Lynnwood.

After misconduct, new oversight comes to CASA court program

Child advocates lied, spied and destroyed evidence. Now, the program has been renamed and revamped.

Girlfriend on trial in 2 torture-murders in Snohomish County

Lendsay Meza’s boyfriend is serving life in prison for two horrific killings. She’s accused of helping.

Charge: Lynnwood tobacco smuggler dodged $1 million in taxes

The man, 57, reportedly dealt in illicit cigarettes. Tax returns claimed he sold hats and T-shirts.

‘Sexually violent predator’ won’t be living on Whidbey Island

After 20 years on McNeil Island, Curtis Brogi wanted to move to Oak Harbor. He’ll end up in Tacoma.

Front Porch

EVENTS Camano blood drive Bloodworks Northwest is scheduled to set up a… Continue reading

Crime is down, but Everett hopes to hire 24 more officers

There’s still a sense residents “don’t feel safe,” the mayor says, and police are busier than ever.

Bill would require kids’ menus to offer healthy beverages

Children would still be able to order a soda for their meal, but healthier choices would be the default.

Most Read