A stolen Seattle Police Department rifle after it was unearthed in Marysville. (Marysville Police Department)

A stolen Seattle Police Department rifle after it was unearthed in Marysville. (Marysville Police Department)

Stolen Seattle police rifle found buried in Marysville yard

The semiautomatic gun was looted from a Seattle police vehicle on May 30, 2020, according to police.

MARYSVILLE — A rifle stolen from the Seattle Police Department just over a year ago was recovered Wednesday buried in the backyard of a Marysville home, police said.

Detectives believe the Colt M4 rifle was one of several looted during a riot in downtown Seattle on May 30, 2020. Marysville officer Danielle Rusch got a tip about the weapon’s location while investigating an unrelated incident, according to a news release sent out Thursday by the Marysville Police Department.

Marysville police worked with a Seattle detective and investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to recover the weapon.

It was found in the 3100 block of 83rd Avenue NE.

Everett man Jacob Little, 25, has been charged in U.S. District Court with taking a high-powered Colt rifle from a patrol car that day in 2020, amid Seattle protests and riots.

At the time, investigators alleged Little tried to sell the police firearm, and that the gun was yet to be found.

Little’s federal trial date is set for November. He’s also facing second-degree murder charges in connection with a shooting in Renton in August.

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