Man injured in Mill Creek police shooting dies

MILL CREEK — A man who was wounded early today in a police shooting in Mill Creek has died, officials said.

The man, 33, was well known to local police, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said.

Police are releasing few details about the shooting.

A Mill Creek police officer opened fire during an apparent car prowl in the Highlands South neighborhood near the Mill Creek Country Club, Hover said.

Officers were in the 2600 block of 163rd Place SE at about 3:30 a.m. when the call “shots fired” went out over police radios, she said.

Neighbors heard a commotion and shouts coming from police officers.

Police shouted “’We have our guns drawn. Get your hands out of the car,’” said Tony Winkler, who was up late playing video games on an xBox when the incident took place near his home.

The man was treated at the scene for a gunshot wound and later taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died.

The dead man had lived in Snohomish County but moved around frequently. His last residence was not immediately known, Hover said.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy.

The Mill Creek officer who fired his gun is a 20-year-veteran. As is routine after an officer-involved shooting, the officer was placed on paid leave during the investigation, Hover said.

The Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team, a special team of detectives who are called after officer-involved shootings, is leading the investigation, Hover said.

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