Updated: Suspect in fatal shooting of rideshare driver held on $1 million bail, charged with second-degree murder

Edmonds Police Chief Michelle Bennett observed that while she “hopes this arrest brings a small sense of justice, much more needs to be done for a successful prosecution.” (Photo by Larry Vogel)

This story has been updated with information from Thursday media briefing.

Bail has been set at $1 million for a 21-year-old Edmonds man accused of fatally shooting rideshare driver Abdikadir Gedi Shariif in Edmonds Jan. 3.

In a Thursday afternoon media briefing, Edmonds police spokesperson Commander Josh McClure provided the latest updates on the arrest of the suspect, 21-year-old Alex Matthew Waggoner of Edmonds, in connection with Shariif’s murder. The rideshare driver was shot as he drove his car through a crosswalk at Edmonds Way and 236th Street Southwest. Shariif was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Edmonds Mayor Mike Rosen and Edmonds Police Chief Michelle Bennett also spoke at the Thursday briefing. Both praised the work of the detective team, expressing their condolences to Shariif’s family and coworkers, and emphasizing the crucial assistance provided by witnesses and community members who came forward to help in the investigation.

Edmonds Mayor Mike Rosen praised the work of the investigators who worked on the case, saying that “this is what can happen when you have the right people, the right training and the right tools.”

“To go from an unknown suspect in a random case to an arrest and booking in six days is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of Edmonds Police Department staff and the cooperation of our community,” Bennett said.

Members of the Snohomish County Violent Offenders Task Force arrested Waggoner around 2:30 p.m. Jan. 10 after he walked away from his residence in the 23500 block of Edmonds Way, McClure said. “At the time of his arrest, the suspect was armed with two handguns and was wearing body armor,” he continued, adding that no injuries occurred during the arrest and that one of the guns recovered “has been potentially identified as the murder weapon.”

After the arrest, Waggoner was transported to the Edmonds Police Department, where detectives interviewed him. According to the police report filed with the court, the suspect was read his Miranda rights but chose to speak without an attorney and admitted to the shooting. During the interview he was “apologetic for his actions” added McClure.

Waggoner was subsequently booked into the Snohomish County Jail for second-degree murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Members of the victim’s family gathered outside the Everett District Courtroom when the defendant made his first appearance via video Thursday afternoon.

Members of the victim’s family gather outside the courtroom. (Photo by Nick Ng)

Shariif was killed just after 10:15 p.m. Jan. 3. He was working as a rideshare driver and had just dropped off an Edmonds customer returning from vacation. After departing the drop-off point, Shariif drove westbound on 236th Street Southwest and, with a green signal, began making a left-hand turn onto Edmonds Way. The suspect was crossing from west to east at the same crosswalk Shariif entered during his turn.

According to the police report, dash and interior cam video from the victim’s car indicates that while making the turn he was “distracted looking down at his phone” and “narrowly missed” the suspect in the crosswalk. The video also indicates that Shariif then slowed down his car, rolled the drivers window down, and appeared to begin to say “I’m sorry” when the suspect immediately began shooting at him. Shariif later died at Harborview Medical Center.

Detectives received multiple tips and collected several types of evidence during the investigation, which involved numerous search warrants, McClure said. After the suspect’s arrest, a search warrant was served on his residence and additional evidence was recovered.

“This investigation is an excellent example of community involvement, tireless detective work and collaboration among law enforcement partners,” McClure said. Now that the suspect is in custody, detectives will continue their investigation, which will include “a thorough analysis of the firearms that were recovered,” he added.

In concluding the press briefing, McClure stressed that while an arrest has been made, “the investigation remains active and is far from done. If you believe you have information about this case, please contact us.”

— By Larry Vogel with reporting from Nick Ng

  1. I would like to compliment the Edmonds Police Department and particularly Commander McClure on how culturally-appropriate community outreach has been handled during the investigation into this terrible tragedy.

  2. Congratulations to the Edmonds Police team for this quick action! Now that that guy is out of the streets, the judiciary must make sure he stays out of the streets. It requires lots of suspension of disbelief to believe he was “apologetic” when he emptied a magazine (witnesses heard 10 shots?) on his victim and had two guns while wearing body armor when arrested.

  3. What is the history of Waggoner? Was he always from Edmonds. The entire picture. His history. It may help other parents…

  4. Alas, the ills of the world have tainted our sweet village. Still, the dawn turns the glass apple
    a glowing lavender.

  5. Great work EPD and thank you to those who helped bring this criminal to justice. Thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family.

  6. Alarming that he was wearing body armor and carrying two guns when he was apprehended leaving his residence. Where was he going with all that gear?

    America, we’ve got a problem.

  7. I’m glad the police were able to find the suspect and make the arrest. A little grace would have gone a long way that evening, but instead a man is dead, his family is mourning and another will have to pay severe consequences for his irrational decision to use deadly force so recklessly. Actions can have grave consequences. It’s a reminder to us all to choose our actions carefully and with great wisdom.

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