Use of force in Marysville arrest prompts investigation

The Marysville police chief made the request after reviewing drone footage of the incident last month.


MARYSVILLE — A team of investigators are reviewing police use of force during an arrest last month in Marysville.

According to a press release Wednesday, the suspect, a 32-year-old Shoreline man, was taken to a hospital with bite injuries from a police dog and “other minor injuries.” After reviewing drone footage, Marysville Police Chief Erik Scairpon requested a review due to a “potential use of force.”

The incident will be reviewed by the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, a task force of detectives assigned to look into police use of force. The investigation could take months. Once complete, it will be forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, which will consider whether to pursue any criminal charges.

Around 4:45 a.m. on Feb. 24, a Marysville police officer was responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle, according to court papers. The officer tried to pull over the driver of the SUV, but the driver didn’t stop.

The officer turned off his emergency lights and followed. Fresh snow covered the roads. The slippery conditions apparently caused the driver to crash into a tree near the Quil Ceda Creek Casino, according to a police report. Police allege both the vehicle and an attached utility trailer were stolen.

The man reportedly ran away. Tulalip police and Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies responded, along with a police dog. A Marysville police drone flew overhead.

The dog found the Shoreline man behind a business in the 6000 block of 31st Ave NE, west of I-5, according to the press release.

A Marysville police officer wrote that he heard a deputy make “multiple announcements” demanding the suspect to surrender. Then, over the police radio, he heard someone say “K9 contact.”

According to the police report, the suspect still resisted officers “despite appearing to have the police K9 attached to his shoulder.” The officers were eventually able to arrest the man, who police described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150 pounds.

The arresting officers were not wearing body cameras.

The man was taken to the hospital for his injuries. A few hours later, he was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of attempting to elude police, possession of stolen property, taking a motor vehicle without permission and resisting arrest.

He was released four days later after posting bail.

As is standard for active SMART investigations, the sheriff’s office declined to comment.

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