SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - A 39-year-old man who was shocked with a stun gun in an altercation with Everett police Thursday evening and later died overnight at a hospital has been identified.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man Friday as Colin A.C. Wehmeyer of Lake Stevens.
Snohomish County sheriff's spokesperson Shari Ireton said Lake Stevens police served a search warrant at the man's house, which is in the 10320 block of Oak Road, on suspicion of illegally possessing firearms. The man was away in Everett at the time.
During the search of the man's home, police said they had reason to believe the man was armed. They said they notified Everett police of the man's whereabouts and told officers he could be armed and dangerous.
When the man left an appointment about 4:30 p.m., he started walking north in the 3200 block of Broadway Avenue. Everett police caught up with him and an altercation started, Ireton said.
An Everett police sergeant shocked the man twice with a stun gun, and the man began running and then collapsed, officials said.
Officials said officers immediately performed lifesaving measures and requested medics.
Two firearms were recovered from the man, officials said.
Officials said four Everett officers and a sergeant were involved in the incident.
Police said the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team was called to investigate the use of force by Everett police.
The sergeant has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard practice during this type of investigation. He has been working in law enforcement for 29 years.
The status of the other officers involved has not been determined yet. It depends on the outcome of the investigation, Ireton said.
The medical examiner is still investigating the man's cause and manner of death.
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