Name of Verlot man shot by deputies is released

VERLOT – The Snohomish County medical examiner today announced that Daniel L. Wasilchen was the man shot and killed by deputies Friday night.

Wasilchen, 44, died from multiple gun shot wounds to his torso, the medical examiner said. His death was ruled a homicide.

The shooting apparently was linked to a disagreement over removal of noxious weeds on Wasilchen’s property.

The county’s noxious weed coordinator reportedly was going door-to-door Friday seeking homeowner permission to use a herbicide.

Wasilchen became confrontational and threatened to get a gun, officials said. The weed coordinator called 911.

When Snohomish County deputies responded, Wasilchen had a handgun, Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said.

Shots were fired and Wasilchen died.

Friends describe Wasilchen as friendly and helpful to neighbors. He worked as a crane operator at Boeing.

The shooting is being investigated by a multi-agency team of homicide detectives who are summoned when law enforcement officers are involved in a death.

The Snohomish County prosecutor’s office will review the incident and determine if the use of force was justified.

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