Update on Saturday shooting: Suspect has history of mental illness; investigation reveals rifle ‘leveled at officers’
The SMART team of detectives investigating the police shooting of a 27-year-old Edmonds man carrying a rifle on Puget Drive last Saturday morning have concluded that the man was shot after he “leveled the weapon at officers,” a police spokesman said Tuesday.
SMART spokesman Aaron Snell said that the man, who is in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center, has a history of mental illness and that assault charges are expected when he is released from the hospital. The suspect will not be identified until he has been charged, Snell said.
Snell said the result of the investigation so far show that the suspect made no threats to the citizens, who had called 911 to report the man walking with a rifle on Puget Drive just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday. “According to witnesses, when Edmonds Police Department officers arrived, they gave several verbal commands for the suspect to drop his weapon, a .22 rifle,” Snell said. “The suspect did not comply and, at one point, leveled the weapon at officers. Officers fired multiple shots, striking the suspect.”
The incident remains under investigation by SMART, a team of detectives from various Snohomish County law enforcement agencies who respond to and investigate use-of-force incidents in the county, Snell said.