Marysville police returned fire in neighborhood shooting

The man is suspected of assault against first responders. No one was hurt.

MARYSVILLE — Police returned fire after a man shot in their direction on Tuesday night, contrary to earlier reports.

A number of Marysville officers have been placed on leave, which is standard procedure, detective Craig Bartl said Friday. He was unable to say how many officers were involved due to an ongoing investigation. No one was hurt in the shooting.

Also Friday, police were in court seeking a civil order to keep the man from possessing firearms.

The suspect, 50, was arrested Tuesday for investigation of first-degree assault against people from the Marysville police and fire departments. He allegedly started to shoot soon after they pulled up to his house on 47th Drive NE, according to the arrest reports.

He also was booked on suspicion of illegal firearm possession, because of a previous felony for burglary.

The incident started when the man’s wife heard two gunshots from the bedroom.

Earlier that day, she had informed her husband she wanted a separation. He also was having trouble at work, investigators were told.

She thought he had shot himself and was afraid to check on him. She called 911 around 7:45 p.m. She heard more rounds fired while she was on the phone. She left the house and hid in the backyard, where she met with police.

The man reportedly started to shoot from the windows as emergency vehicles pulled up to the house.

An ambulance was hit in the windshield. A patrol car was also struck. The vehicle shook as the officer watched sparks fly off the front end.

After that, the SWAT team was called in.

The man remained barricaded but was on the phone at times. At first he was talking with a friend. He told the person he was watching what was happening outside through security cameras, according to court papers. He also reportedly said that he had messed up.

Then negotiators called the suspect.

He allegedly sounded like he’d been drinking. He said he wanted to make sure he hadn’t hurt any officers.

He said he was going to come outside a few times but stalled. Eventually he made a decision, he later told police.

“I’m going to do the stand-down thing,” he said. “Meaning no more gunfire from them and no more from me.”

He exited the house around 9:30 p.m.

He was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail. His bail was set at $250,000.

In the days since the shooting, Marysville police have filed paperwork in court, seeking an extreme-risk protection order against the man. The civil orders, recently made legal in Washington, can temporarily ban someone from having access to firearms if they are deemed a threat to themselves or others.

The outcome of those hearings was not immediately clear from the records available Friday.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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