Police arrest suspect accused of shooting at Lynnwood officer

Lane Scott Phipps, 25, had an active warrant for attempted murder when he allegedly fired at police. He was arrested in Yakima.

Lane Scott Phipps (Lynnwood Police Department)

Lane Scott Phipps (Lynnwood Police Department)

LYNNWOOD — A man accused of opening fire on Lynnwood police last month has been arrested for an attempted murder warrant and other violent charges, police said Wednesday.

Lane Scott Phipps, 25, was reportedly arrested in Yakima and booked into the Snohomish County Jail early Wednesday.

Around noon July 5, a Lynnwood police officer found a vehicle parked in front of a used auto parts store in the 18300 block of Highway 99. The black Jaguar with a temporary plate was associated with active warrants for attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault, according to a Lynnwood police press release.

The officer asked for backup. Police reportedly found Phipps inside the store’s wrecking yard and tried to detain him.

“Initial reports are that the suspect pulled out a handgun and put it to the head of a female he arrived with,” the press release from last month read.

The officers tried to negotiate with the man, but he fled toward the Jaguar. As he climbed a fence, he fired a gun, and a Lynnwood police sergeant returned fire, a witness reported.

Lane Scott Phipps (Lynnwood Police Department)

Lane Scott Phipps (Lynnwood Police Department)

The gunman got to his car and drove away.

Other officers briefly pursued the Jaguar, but couldn’t stay with him as he “recklessly eluded,” according to police. A witness later reported a similar vehicle in the area.

Phipps was arrested for investigation of two counts of first-degree assault, one count of kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm and threats to kill.

The Whatcom County warrant for Phipps’ arrest had been issued June 30, according to The Bellingham Herald. He’s accused of shooting a man through the chest on June 14 near Ferndale.

Phipps has a long criminal record, including over a dozen felony convictions in Whatcom and Skagit counties since 2014, court records show. At the time of the Ferndale shooting, he was awaiting trial in Whatcom County for two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and one count of unlawful firearm possession.

Jake Goldstein-Street: 425-339-3439; jake.goldstein-street@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.

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