The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office has found that two Edmonds police were “justified in their use of force” when they shot an Edmonds man who allegedly leveled a rifle at police on Puget Drive in September 2013. That’s according to Everett Police Officer Aaron Snell of the Snohomish Multi Agency Response Team (SMART), the interagency task force that was assigned to investigate the shooting.
The man, Aaron K. Eckley, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault after being treated at Harborview Medical Center for injuries sustained in the shooting.
According to Gloria Parker from the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, Eckley is currently being held at Washington State Hospital. He is scheduled to undergo a hearing May 2 to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial.
The shooting incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, when Edmonds police received citizen reports of a man walking along Puget Drive carrying a rifle. Two officers — a 15-year veteran sergeant and a 14-year corporal — contacted Eckley in the 1200 block of Puget Drive, where they told him to drop the weapon.
During the incident, Eckley “was verbally defiant when told to lower his weapon and at one point leveled it at officers,” Snell said. Eckley has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail on two counts of second-degree assault. Earlier reports said that Eckley had a history of mental illness.