Police: Threats preceded pursuit and crash off Everett cliff

A Monroe man allegedly threatened to kill a family member and to “shoot it out” with police.

EVERETT — The day before he drove his pickup truck off a cliff in Everett at the end of a police pursuit, a Monroe man allegedly told a family member that he was going to kill her and then “shoot it out” with police, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, 34, was wanted for two felony warrants from the state Department of Corrections. Sheriff’s deputies also had probable cause to arrest the man for investigation of domestic violence harassment, fourth-degree assault and malicious mischief.

Deputies found the suspect in Mill Creek around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday driving a Dodge Ram 2500 west on 132nd Street SE near 19th Avenue SE, according to a summary of deputies’ reports provided by the sheriff’s office. Deputies attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect allegedly kept going and drove onto 19th Avenue SE.

Deputies gave chase. Near the intersection of highways 527 and 526, a deputy attempted a PIT maneuver — striking a front corner of the patrol car with a back corner of the pickup, to make it spin out — but the suspect drove out of it, according to the sheriff’s office. Backup deputies drove ahead to get in position to place spikes. The chase reportedly reached 80 mph.

The pursuit ended in Everett when the suspect drove through the intersection of 23rd Street and East Grand Avenue without slowing down. The vehicle went airborne off an embankment, sheared a tree and crashed near some railroad tracks, according to the report summary. The engine separated from the pickup and caught fire. Deputies reported they could hear someone yelling for help.

The suspect was found lying in tall grass with serious injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. He was not put in handcuffs. Medics transported him to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, where he remained Thursday for treatment.

No deputies were injured during the pursuit.

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