Everett Police Officer Aaron Snell is serving as the spokesperson for the officer-involved shooting in Edmonds Saturday morning, and took questions from reporters.
The incident occurred at about 7:30 a..m. after police received multiple reports of a man walking on Olympic View drive carrying what appeared to be a rifle. There was a “verbal confrontation” with officers and the man was shot in the 1200 block of Puget Drive, Snell said. Police are not releasing where on his body the man was struck, but Snell did confirm that the man — who is 27 and from Edmonds — is listed in serious condition at Harborview.
Two male officers were involved – a sergeant of 15 years and a corporal of 14 years — and they were placed on administrative leave, standard procedure in these cases. The multi-agency Snohomish County SMART team on scene is investigating, including how many shots were fired. It is unknown if the suspect also fired his weapon or was pointing it at anyone, Snell said. In response to reporters’ questions, Snell said that police don’t yet know the motive for the man carrying the rifle nor whether he had a mental illness.
Snell said that while the shooting occurred in a residential neighborhood, the shots were fired away from houses and toward the Edmonds Elementary School playfield.