Police: Man found shot in car in Everett was part of murder-suicide

On Tuesday morning, a man heard gunshots on Riverside Road. Police ultimately found two bodies in north Everett.


EVERETT — Police believe two men died Tuesday morning in an apparent murder-suicide in Everett.

Just after 4:30 a.m., an employee at 607 Riverside Road called 911 to report what he believed to be gunshots, Everett police officer Ora Hamel said. When the employee went out to see what was going on, he found a man unresponsive in a car with blood on his face.

The man was dead with gunshot wounds when police arrived at the scene, Hamel said. Initially, police wouldn’t comment on whether the death was being investigated as a homicide.

But Tuesday afternoon, Hamel confirmed detectives believed he’d been killed, the first homicide of the year reported in Everett.

Prior to the Riverside Road call, someone called 911 for someone who was suicidal. A description of the person’s car was given to dispatchers. Police found the car abandoned in the 500 block of West Marine View Drive, about a 2-mile drive from the initial scene.

Later Tuesday, a 911 caller reported a man’s body in the water near the 1700 block of West Marine View.

Detectives believe the man in the water was the same person from the suicidal call. He was also the suspect in the Riverside Road homicide. It appeared he had shot himself, police reported, calling it “an apparent domestic incident.”

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will publicly identify the deceased, as well as determine his cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the Everett police tipline at 425-257-8450.

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