LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Several Snohomish County deputies opened fire on an armed 46-year-old Lynnwood man during a confrontation neighbors describe as a wild exchange of gunfire.
The 46-year-old man, who deputies were trying to arrest for violating a court order, was pronounced dead at Harborview medical center.
Investigators have not released his name.
The man’s father said he was there when his son was killed but he was unsure of what happened.
All he knew was that his son had some sort of altercation with police and it ended in a burst of gunfire.
According to neighbors, the 46-year-old had recently moved a trailer onto his parent's property in the 15200 block of Meadow Road in Lynnwood.
Neighbors ran outside when they heard officers ordering the man to drop his gun.
Zachary Schreven was behind deputies, when they took cover behind their patrol cars.
“I could hear them yelling 'drop it! Get on the ground!' Then after that, what seemed like 10 shots went off,” Schreven said.
Deputies were looking for the man in another location earlier in the night for violating a court order. They would not say what the court order was.
“At first it seemed like the guy was firing off fireworks,” said neighbor Larry Wilson. “In fact, I thought the deputies were going to arrest the guy for illegal fireworks, because there were loud bangs for a half an hour,” said Wilson. “Then, when the deputies got there, there were like 30 shots fired."
No deputies were injured.
Neighbors said there has been a long history of domestic disturbances with the family with a lot of yelling and fighting.
Officer Aaron Snell of the Everett police department said several police agencies were investigating the shooting, and the deputies involved will be taken off patrol. Snell declined to say how many deputies fired on the man, or how many shots the man fired at deputies.