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EVERETT – Police are investigating the death of an Everett man who apparently shot himself unintentionally early Saturday.

Officers were called just before 6 a.m. to an apartment in the 800 block of W. Casino Road to reports of a possible suicide, said Everett police Lt. Ted Olafson.

Officers found the man, 26, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. No foul play is suspected, he said.

Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit and investigators from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office were called to the scene, Olafson said.

Detectives believe the man shot himself accidentally, Olafson said.

“It’s always sad and tragic,” he said.

The investigation continues.

Everett: Police looking for rental scam suspect

Police are on the lookout for a woman who is suspected of scamming renters out of their money.

The woman poses as someone in charge of a rental property. She advertises on the Web site Craigslist, takes money for deposits on rentals and runs off with the cash, Everett police Lt. Ted Olafson said.

“I think the renters, before they show up, realize they’ve been duped,” he said.

Everett detectives earlier this year investigated four separate incidents involving the woman. She recently was charged with first-degree theft and is scheduled to be arraigned next week.

Since then it is believed that the woman has continued engaging in the Internet con, Olafson said.

“More cases have been reported to us and we’re currently investigating several others,” he said.

Detectives hope to speak with the woman again, he said. They also are advising people to be cautious about dealing with private parties offering rental property over the Web.

From Herald staff reports

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