ARLINGTON — An 18-year-old man died early Saturday after being shot by a homeowner who told authorities the man was an intruder.
The homeowner reportedly heard someone trying to break into his home through the slider back door around 4 a.m., Everett Police Lt. Robert Goetz said.
“He saw a shirtless male outside in the backyard,” Goetz said. “The homeowner gave the person warning that he was armed and to get out of his yard. He refused to comply and kept approaching the homeowner … The homeowner fired his handgun, striking the male.”
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office started the investigation. Everett Police Department took over after it was discovered the 18-year-old man was a relative of a sheriff’s deputy.
His identity has not been released by Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“The homeowner was interviewed and not arrested,” Goetz said. “They did not know each other.”