Edmonds police shoot man walking streets with rifle

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by KING 5 NEWS

KING5.com

Posted on September 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 8 at 10:05 AM

EDMONDS - Edmonds Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the area of Puget Drive and Olympic View Drive.

Edmonds Chief of Police Al Compaan says at around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, police received multiple 911 calls about a man walking the streets with a rifle.

Two Edmonds police officers approached the man and ordered him to put down his rifle. When the man did not comply with the officers orders the officers shot the man.

Police are still investigating what happened after officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, but witnesses say they heard what sounded like rifle shots before the officers shot the man.

"I had an open window, and I heard the whoop whoop - like that for a siren," said Roger Hertrick. "Then I heard this one real loud shot, and it was obviously a large caliber rifle or a shotgun. One or the other. Then a pause, then a rapid fire ofa bout five. So I figured that was the officer returning fire."

"At this point in time we don't have any motive," said Aaron Snell, Snohomish Multi Agency Response Team. "What we do have is multiple 911 calls for service with a man walking with what was believed to be rifle."

The officers - both veterans of the Edmonds Police Department with 14 and 15 years on the force - were not hurt. The man with the rifle is listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center.

The officers were put on administrative leave during the investigation.

 

 

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