Police say man shot at motel had four guns

  • By Jackson Holtz For the Enterprise
  • Monday, November 19, 2007 2:57pm

Police believe the Mountlake Terrace man shot in the arm by an officer early Thursday, Oct. 25, had four guns with him and was wearing a bulletproof vest, court documents said.

Around 1 a.m. Thursday, Edmonds police officer Josh McClure went to investigate a suspicious car in the parking lot of the Traveler’s Inn in the 22100 block of Highway 99.

McClure, who was on patrol with his canine partner, Dash, confronted a man and realized he had a gun, the documents said.

When the man reached for his gun, McClure fired a shot at him. The man allegedly returned fire, the documents said.

McClure released his police dog and the man repeatedly tried to shoot the dog, the documents said. McClure then unsuccessfully used an electronic stun gun to try to subdue the man.

After struggling with officers, the man, 44, was arrested.

He was treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle before being booked into the Snohomish County Jail Sunday for investigation of first-degree assault.

Police found four guns they believe belonged to the man. He allegedly was carrying two, threw one to the ground and another was found in his car, the documents said.

The man also was wearing soft body armor. It appeared as if a bullet had hit the man’s armor and bounced off, the documents said.

Police haven’t said why they believe the man came to the hotel parking lot heavily armed.

Neither McClure nor Dash was injured. McClure, 31, who has worked for the Edmonds police for seven years, was placed on paid leave, standard procedure after a shooting.

The man, who police said has a history of assault, was ordered held on $75,000 bail.

Jackson Holtz is a reporter with the Herald of Everett.

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