Second-degree assault charge filed in girlfriend’s shooting

Man admits to shooting after hospital staff were told that the gun went off during cleaning.

EVERETT — A Snohomish man who admitted to shooting his girlfriend last month has been charged with second-degree domestic violence assault.

Detectives say evidence disputes Darian Holt’s claims that he accidentally shot the woman while she was standing above him when he was lying on a couch. The Aug. 21 shooting happened in an apartment on Avenue E.

The woman was shot in the shoulder, breaking her scapula. “It is unclear at this time if the wound will result in a permanent mobility loss, but she is currently unable to raise her arm above shoulder height,” Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Michael Boska wrote in charging papers.

Holt, 20, and the woman initially told hospital staff that the shooting happened while Holt was cleaning his gun, a .45-caliber pistol. Detectives confronted both of them, asking the couple to walk investigators through how the gun went off.

The woman eventually told police that the pair had been arguing. Holt reportedly said, “God, I could just shoot you in the face,” according to court records.

He allegedly removed his handgun, pointed the gun at the woman and pulled the trigger. She told police Holt seemed surprised when the gun went off.

Detectives have turned up evidence that suggests Holt has previously assaulted the woman, including pointing a gun at her as a form of intimidation, according to court papers.

Holt spoke with investigators but changed his story about where the couple was in the room at the time of the shooting or what was being said. A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy handcuffed Holt, who allegedly struggled with police over his ringing cellphone.

Detectives searched the couple’s apartment, finding a handgun deep in the couch. It was loaded and the safety was off. “There was no indication noted that the weapon was in the process of being cleaned,” Boska wrote.

Police also located methamphetamine. A call Holt made from jail allegedly confirmed the drugs were his, Boska wrote. Detectives also learned that the couple’s own surveillance system may have captured the shooting. Footage may have been deleted but police continue to investigate options for retrieving it.

Holt doesn’t have any prior criminal convictions. He remains jailed on $250,000 bail.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463;

Talk to us

More in Local News

The entrance to the new free COVID vaccination site at the Everett Mall on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Free mass-vaccination site opens Tuesday at Everett Mall

Hundreds of appointments are up for grabs at the state-run site, which will offer initial doses, boosters and pediatric shots.

Michael Jensen, left, and Nathan Jensen, right, pick up trash in their encampment that they being forced to clear out of by Parks Department the near Silver Lake on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Annual homeless count could shed light on pandemic’s impact

Snohomish County canceled its 2021 point-in-time count. Officials hope this year’s will bring clarity.

Marysville Pilchuck student Gianna Frank and Marysville firefighters bag puzzles and snacks in Marysville, Washington on January 17, 2022. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)
In Marysville, care packages filled in an MLK act of service

Some bags will go to seniors, some to survivors of domestic violence and some to those living with housing insecurity.

Index School (Index School District)
Voters to decide fate of critical school funding measures

Levies to pay for staff and programs are on the Feb. 8 ballot in districts across Snohomish County.

A crew member carries plywood to steathe a roof as of the Home Repair Service Program Friday morning in Brier, Washington on January 14, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Habitat for Humanity program helps Brier homeowners stay put

The nonprofit’s Home Repair Service program gave a senior couple a new roof — and hope.

Snohomish County Courthouse. (Herald file)
Lawmakers consider Snohomish County request for 2 more judges

It’s been 15 years since the Legislature approved a new Superior Court judge for the county.

NO CAPTION NECESSARY: Logo for the Cornfield Report by Jerry Cornfield. 20200112
Ports and potties, and a delay in long-term-care payroll tax

Here’s what’s happening on Day 8 of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

A mail carrier delivers mail along Dubuque Road in Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mail delays frustrate and perplex Snohomish residents

One woman waited two weeks for delivery. Then came “an avalanche of mail.” The Postal Service blames snow and staffing issues.

Sam Dawson administers a collection swab herself Thursday afternoon at the walk-up COVID testing center on Wetmore Ave in Everett, Washington on January 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sketchy firm’s COVID-test sites shut down as questions mount

The Center for COVID Control will close an Everett site and others around the U.S. as officials take a closer look.

Most Read