Police shooting kills man in Mountlake Terrace

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Gunfire erupted early Wednesday at a Mountlake Terrace home where police had been before.

One man died in an officer-involved shooting at the rental home known for disturbances, many involving booze, police said.

A special team of detectives that investigates deaths involving police began its work Wednesday to determine what happened at the home just after 1 a.m.

The Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team is investigating the incident that unfolded in the 23700 block of 48th Avenue W., Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said.

A Mountlake Terrace police officer was on patrol in the area and heard what he thought were possible gunshots, she said. Neighbors also called 911 to report shots fired.

Additional officers raced to the scene and determined which home was the apparent location of the gunshots.

An officer watching the house saw a man with a firearm leaning out a window.

“Leaning out the window with a firearm is pretty serious,” Hover said.

The officer fired his weapon once at the subject, apparently killing him, she said.

No one else was injured.

The house is well-known to local police, Mountlake Terrace police Sgt. Doug Hansen said.

“It’s the type of house and people that just have problems, and a lot of it is alcohol fueled,” he said.

After the officer fired, one man came out of the house with blood on him, Hansen said.

Neighbor Sarah Rose said she heard police shouting commands over a loudspeaker to people in the home.

“Come out! Put your hands up! Stop!” she heard.

Two other men, believed to be in their 40s or 50s, also came out of the house. They told police they slept through the gunfire, he said.

The three men who walked out of the home were questioned by detectives and released. It’s not clear to police who lived in the house and who was visiting. No arrests are expected.

Officers went inside the home in search of the gunman. That’s when they found the slain man, Hover said.

The Snohomish County medical examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy.

Police evacuated several homes in the neighborhood until the situation was resolved. Rose said she was not asked to leave her house.

She said she was awake reading early Wednesday morning when she heard gunshots outside. Her dogs began to howl.

The woman watched out her window as police, including teams dressed in black SWAT uniforms, converged on her street.

“Nobody wants gunfire in the neighborhood,” Rose said. Uncertain what was going on, she stayed up all night.

In keeping with department policy, the officer who fired the shot during the incident was placed on administrative leave. He is in his early 30s and has been with the Mountlake Terrace police for about three years.

Detectives on Wednesday obtained a search warrant allowing them to enter the home and begin collecting evidence.

This is the second apparent officer-involved shooting death in Snohomish County this year.

On Jan. 25, a Mill Creek police sergeant fatally shot a Kent man because he believed the suspect was going to ram him with a pickup truck, according to court papers.

“Violence is everywhere, you can’t escape it,” Rose said. “It’s horrifying a man got killed.”

Reporter Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3437 or jholtz@heraldnet.com

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