Officials: Everett man had texted threats to kill officers

EVERETT — A man fatally shot Saturday night in a confrontation with Lynnwood police allegedly left text messages hours earlier threatening to kill officers, officials said Tuesday.

Witnesses say he also hurled something at police when they tracked him down to an Everett address.

“Witnesses also stated the suspect did not follow the officer’s commands and he continued to advance towards the officer, reaching for his gun,” Shari Ireton, a spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team, said in a press release.

Investigators later recovered two metal balls at the shooting scene, Ireton said.

The death is being investigated by SMART, a team of detectives from throughout the county who handle cases involving police use of deadly force.

Investigators initially reported that the man, 44, physically struggled with police, but that has yet to be confirmed, Ireton said.

The Lynnwood officers were looking for the man in connection with a domestic violence incident there about five hours earlier. The man allegedly made threats to kill his girlfriend and also police.

The officers went to the man’s home in the 3900 block of Friday Avenue in Everett. He also was wanted on a state Department of Corrections warrant. His identity has not been officially released pending notification of family.

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